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Week of May 21st

May 21, 2018
Legislative Digest

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

14 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 1972 - VA Billing Accountability Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to waive the requirement of certain veterans to make copayments for hospital care, nursing home care, medical services, or medications if 1) a VA error caused delayed notification of payment to the veteran and 2) the veteran received such notice more than 180 days after receiving the care at a VA facility or more than 18 months after receiving care at a non-VA facility.

2) H.R. 3642 - Military SAVE Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a three-year pilot program to improve access to private health care for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma.

3) H.R. 3832 - Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
requires medical providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who prescribe controlled substances to veterans to seek information regarding those veterans from state programs that monitor prescription drug use.


4) H.R. 3946 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the "Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, as the "Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic."

5) H.R. 4245 - Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit to Congress documents related to managing the Electronic Health Record Modernization program and quarterly updates to certain documents.

6) H.R. 4830 - SIT-REP Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would amend 38 U.S. Code § 3679 so that a school is not eligible for GI Bill benefits unless it adopts a policy that protects eligible student veterans, survivors, or dependents from policies that penalize these students for their inability to meet the institution’s financial obligations because of a delayed GI Bill payment.

7) H.R. 4958 - Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill increase the rates of Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Clothing Allowance, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Surviving Spouse, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Children by the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act.

8) H.R. 5044 - Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would amend 38 U.S. Code § 8127(k)(3) so that a surviving spouse of a less than 100% service-disabled veteran small business owner can maintain their priority status following their spouse’s death for three years, the date on which the surviving spouse remarries, or the date on which the surviving spouse relinquishes an ownership interest in the small business, whichever occurs first.

9) H.R. 5215 - Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) |Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revoke the purchase card or approval authority from any employee who is found to have knowingly misused their card. 

10) H.R. 5418 - Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor program, to award procurement contracts to multiple regional vendors, rather than one nationwide vendor, when procuring medical supplies.

11) S. 1282 - To redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill redesignates Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Montana located at: (1), 2687 Palmer Street in Missoula as the "David J. Thatcher VA Clinic;" (2), 1775 Spring Creek Lane in Billings as the "Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow VA Clinic;" and (3), 1766 Majestic Lane in Billings as the "Benjamin Charles Steele VA Clinic."


12) H.R. 4334 - Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit reports to Congress on the availability of gender-specific services in the community to women veterans and environment of care standards for women veterans in VA medical facilities.


13) H.R. 3663 - To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the "Hershel "Woody' Williams VA Medical Center."

14) H.R. 4451 - Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill as amended, would amend U.S. Code to provide a five year extension, through Fiscal Year 2022 of both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs and the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Grant Program.


Tuesday, May 22nd, and the balance of the week

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.


3 Suspensions  

1) H.R. 5682 - FIRST STEP Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and apply a risk and needs assessment system to identify a prisoner’s risk and assign them to appropriate evidence-based programming. 

2) H.Con.Res. 113 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill permits the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to sponsor soap box derby races as a free public event on the Capitol grounds on June 16, 2018.

3) S. 292 - Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the collection of donated biospecimens from children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. 

3 Rule Bills 

1) S. 2155 - Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act  (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would modify provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank Act) and other laws governing regulation of the financial industry. The bill would change the regulatory framework for small depository institutions with assets under $10 billion (community banks) and for large banks with assets over $50 billion. The bill also would make changes to consumer mortgage and credit-reporting regulations and to the authorities of the agencies that regulate the financial industry.

2) S. 204 - Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Mike Crapo (R-WI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to exempt, from specified requirements and restrictions under that Act and other laws, the provision of certain unapproved, investigational drugs to a terminally ill patient who has exhausted approved treatment options and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving the drugs.

3) H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) | Armed Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2019.

115th Congress