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H 2190 - Rutherford
Improvements in Managing Real Property
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on HOMELAND SECURITY.
Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002; directs the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department's real property portfolio.
H 2198 - Castro
Veterans Crisis Line
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that calls to medical facilities of the Department can be quickly redirected to the Veterans Crisis Line.
H 2210 - Kelly M
VA Community Living Center Designation
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
Designates the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center".
H 2211 - Lance
Award of Medals or Other Commendations
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on ARMED SERVICES.
Provides for the award of medals or other commendations to handlers of military working dogs and military working dogs.
H 2212 - Marino
Generic and Biosimilar Versions of Drugs
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on JUDICIARY.
Promotes competition in the market for drugs and biological products; facilitates the timely entry of lower-cost generic and biosimilar versions of those drugs and biological products.
H 2215 - Perlmutter
Protections for Depository Institutions
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on JUDICIARY.
Creates protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses.
H 2222 - Stivers
Continuum of Care Program Incentives
04/27/2017 - To HOUSE Committee on FINANCIAL SERVICES.
Amends section 428 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; provides incentives to grantees under the Continuum of Care program to re-house all former members of the Armed Forces.
HCONRES 71 - Rep. Diane Black (REP-TN)
Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.
10/26/2017 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
<p>Establishes the congressional budget for the federal government for FY2018 and sets forth budgetary levels for FY2019-FY2027. </p> <p>Recommends levels and amounts for FY2018-FY2027 for:</p> <ul> <li>federal revenues, </li> <li>new budget authority, </li> <li>budget outlays, </li> <li>deficits (on-budget), </li> <li>debt subject to limit, </li> <li>debt held by the public, and </li> <li>the major functional categories of spending. </li> </ul> <p>Includes reconciliation instructions directing 11 specified House authorizing committees to submit deficit reduction legislation to the House Budget Committee by October 6, 2017. </p> <p>Sets forth budget enforcement procedures addressing: </p> <ul> <li> long-term direct spending; </li> <li> allocations for Overseas Contingency Operations/ ...
HCONRES 74 - Rep. Barbara Lee (DEM-CA)
Affirming the right of all renters to a safe, affordable, and decent home.
07/27/2017 - Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
<p> Supports:</p> <ul> <li> lifting the spending caps required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and robustly funding programs to increase access to affordable housing and address homelessness at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies, and</li> <li>increased funding to the Public Housing Capital Fund to address the backlog of capital repairs for public housing.</li> </ul> <p>Opposes any cuts to federal investments in affordable federal housing programs.</p>
HCONRES 80 - Rep. Brad Wenstrup (REP-OH)
Expressing the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide (sometimes referred to as death with dignity, end-of-life options, aid-in-dying, or similar phrases) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the health care system.
09/29/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p>Expresses the sense of Congress that the federal government should ensure that: (1) every person facing the end of their life has access to quality, comprehensive medical care; and (2) policies or practices supporting assisted suicide are not adopted. </p>
HR 10 - Rep. Jeb Hensarling (REP-TX)
Financial CHOICE Act of 2017
07/13/2017 - Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 115-108.
The bill removes the Financial Stability Oversight Council's authority to designate non-bank financial institutions and financial market utilities as ""systemically important"" (also known as ""too big to fail""). Under current law, entities so designated are subject to additional regulatory restrictions. Designations made previously are retroactively repealed.  </p> <p> The bill also amends the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to:</p> <ul> <li>convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into a consumer law enforcement agency; </li> <li>subject the agency to the congressional appropriations process, expanded judicial review, and additional congressional oversight; </li> <li>eliminate supervisory authority over financial institutions; and</li> ...
HR 1005 - Rep. Lee Zeldin (REP-NY)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans.
05/24/2017 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
<p>This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement or a contract with each state home to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home care.</p> <p>The veteran must need such care specifically for a service-connected disability or the veteran must have a service-connected disability rated 70% or more. </p> <p>Payment under each agreement or contract between the VA and a state home must equal 65% of the payment that the VA would otherwise pay to the state home if the veteran were receiving nursing home care.</p>
HR 1086 - Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (DEM-NM)
Preserving Public Access to Federal Buildings Act of 2017
02/15/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
...This bill requires an executive agency to provide notice and an opportunity for public comment before relocating any agency office that has regular contact with the public. Such requirement shall apply to a relocation proposed by the agency or a reassignment of agency office space by the General Services Administration.</p> <p>Before providing notice, an agency shall determine if it expects the relocation to impact the ability of the office's clientele to access its services. If so, the agency shall develop an initial plan to address the impact.</p> <p>If the announced relocation receives substantial public interest, the agency shall:</p> <ul> <li> conduct an in-depth evaluation of the potential impact of the relocation on the ability of the office's clientele to access services; </li> ...
HR 1111 - Rep. Barbara Lee (DEM-CA)
Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017
02/16/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
<p><strong>Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill establishes a Department of Peacebuilding in the executive branch, to be headed by a Secretary of Peacebuilding, dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace. </p> <p>The bill sets forth the mission of the department, which includes the cultivation of peace and peacebuilding as a strategic national policy objective and development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful conflict resolution, and structured conflict mediation.</p> <p>There is established in the department: (1) the Office of Peace Education and Training, (2) the ...
HR 1189 - Rep. Jose Serrano (DEM-NY)
Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2017
03/10/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
Unless the information is not provided in response to the request or it cannot be verified, a state must not require an applicant to appear in person. State agencies must not require fingerprints for any member of a household to participate in SNAP or receive benefits. </p> <p>USDA must report annually to Congress on the comparative progress of states in improving access to SNAP. </p> <p><i>Beyond the Soup Kitchen Grants Program Act of 2017 </i></p> <p>The bill establishes a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program to provide grants to community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for programs to reduce hunger, increase the use of nutrition assistance and anti-poverty programs, bolster food security, assist individuals and families to develop assets, promote economic independence, ...
HR 12 - Rep. John Lewis (DEM-GA)
Voter Empowerment Act of 2017
07/14/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
<p><b>Voter Empowerment Act of 2017</b></p> <p><i>Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2017</i></p> <p>This bill amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require states to make available online voter registration.</p> <p>The federal criminal code is amended to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration.</p> <p>The Help America Vote Act of 2002 is amended to require states to promote access to voter registration and voting for individuals with disabilities.</p> <p>The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) must support pilot programs enabling individuals with disabilities to register and vote at their residences.</p> <p>The bill reauthorizes support for state and local governments to ensure voting access for individuals with disabilities.</p> ...
HR 1222 - Rep. Gus Bilirakis (REP-FL)
Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017
02/27/2018 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
...This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to replace the authorization for a National Congenital Heart Disease Surveillance System with a requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services, regarding congenital heart disease, to enhance and expand research and surveillance infrastructure, and plan and implement a public outreach and education campaign. (Congenital heart disease is a condition caused by a heart defect that is present at birth.)</p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must award grants to nonprofit entities to conduct: (1) a study of congenital heart disease, from birth to adulthood, that considers health care utilization, demographic factors, and outcomes; and (2) an awareness, outreach, and education campaign regarding congenital heart disease. ...
HR 1251 - Rep. John Garamendi (DEM-CA)
CPI-E Act of 2017
03/27/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><b>CPI-E Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill bases cost-of -living increases in benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System, the Federal Employees Retirement System, military retirement and survivor benefit programs, the Social Security old-age, survivors, or disability insurance benefit program, and other specified veterans benefits programs on increases in the Consumer Price Index for the elderly.</p>
HR 1260 - Rep. Jose Serrano (DEM-NY)
GRAND Act
02/28/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
<p class=""MsoNormal""><b>Generational Residences and Nurturing Dwellings Act </b>or the<b> GRAND Act</b></p> <p class=""MsoNormal""> This bill establishes in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a program to provide assistance for each fiscal year to up to five eligible nonprofit organizations to expand the supply of specialized housing and social services for qualified elderly relatives, age 60 or older, who are raising a child of whom they are not a parent either by blood or marriage.</p> <p class=""MsoNormal"">Nothing in this bill shall preclude a recipient of such assistance from applying for or receiving financial assistance under any other HUD program.</p> <p class=""MsoNormal"">The assistance must be in the form of:</p> <ul> <li>financing for the construction, ...
HR 1276 - Rep. Alma Adams (DEM-NC)
Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2017
03/23/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
...The bill increases the minimum SNAP benefit and requires benefits to be calculated using a low-cost food plan. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must determine the requirements for the low-cost food plan, which is the diet required to feed a family of four, consisting of:</p> <ul> <li>a man and a woman 19-50 years of age, </li> <li>a child 6-8 years of age, and </li> <li>a child 9-11 years of age. </li> </ul> <p>USDA must make adjustments to the plan to account for household size, changes in the cost of the diet, and the costs of food in specified areas. </p> <p>The bill revises the amounts authorized for nutrition assistance block grants for Puerto Rico and American Samoa and requires the amounts to be modified based on adjustments to the low-cost food plan. </p> <p>The bill modifies ...
HR 1289 - Rep. Barbara Lee (DEM-CA)
Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr., Social Work Reinvestment Act
03/01/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
<p><b>Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young Jr., Social Work Reinvestment Act</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the Social Work Reinvestment Commission to provide independent counsel to Congress and HHS on policy issues related to recruitment, retention, research, and reinvestment in the profession of social work.</p> <p>In addition, HHS shall award specified grants to support grantees in carrying out workplace improvement programs to address concerns related to the social work profession.</p> <p>HHS shall also award specified grants to support: (1) postdoctoral research in social work, (2) the recruitment and education of social work students in advanced degree programs and the professional development of social work ...
HR 1332 - Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (DEM-OR)
Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act
03/02/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
...This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to revise several provisions related to the child and adult care food program.</p> <p>Under current law: (1) an institution that provides child or day care under the program may be reimbursed for up to two meals and one supplement per day per child; and (2) a family or group day care home sponsoring organization may receive the same maximum reimbursement, but only with respect to a child maintained in a child care setting for at least eight hours per day. The bill eliminates this distinction between institutions and sponsoring organizations, and increases maximum reimbursement for both to: (1) two meals and one supplement or one meal and two supplements per day per child; or (2) three meals and one ...
HR 1369 - Rep. Tom Cole (REP-OK)
Indian Healthcare Improvement Act of 2017
03/20/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.
<p><b>Indian Healthcare Improvement Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill reaffirms existing amendments to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and certain other provisions of law relating to health care for Native Americans.</p> <p>The bill prohibits federal funds provided by those amendments from being used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that covers abortion, except when a women's life would otherwise be endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.</p>
HR 1395 - Rep. Michael Burgess (REP-TX)
MACPAC Improvement Act of 2017
03/17/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><strong>MACPAC Improvement Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to modify provisions related to the duties, membership, and conflict-of-interest policies of the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission.</p>
HR 1469 - Rep. Warren Davidson (REP-OH)
Welfare Benefit Reform and Alignment Commission (BRAC) Act
03/23/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
...The commission must submit to Congress a report including recommendations and proposed legislation. Congress must consider the proposal using specified expedited legislative procedures. </p>
HR 1620 - Rep. Raul Ruiz (DEM-CA)
Grandparent-Grandchild Medical Leave Act
03/17/2017 - Referred to House Administration
<p><b>Grandparent-Grandchild Medical Leave Act</b></p> <p> This bill amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and federal civil service law to entitle to leave an eligible employee, including a federal employee, to care for an adult child, grandparent, or grandchild (as well as for a spouse, child, or parent), if that person has a serious health condition.</p>
HR 1621 - Rep. Raul Ruiz (DEM-CA)
Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud Act of 2017
03/24/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><strong>Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud Act of 2017</strong> </p> <p>This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report annually to Congress and the public on: (1) the ten most prevalent health care fraud schemes targeted to seniors, (2) steps being taken to combat such schemes, and (3) policy suggestions to improve protections for seniors.</p> <p>HHS may omit certain information from an annual report if public disclosure would compromise an ongoing investigation or educate criminals rather than seniors.</p> <p>HHS shall disseminate reports to Medicare beneficiaries as specified by the bill.</p>
HR 1625 - Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
03/23/2018 - Became Public Law No: 115-141.
...This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of State's rewards program is a powerful tool in combating sophisticated international crime and that the State Department and federal law enforcement should work in concert to offer rewards that target human traffickers who threaten U.S. national security and humanitarian interests by preying on the most vulnerable people. </p> <p>The State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 is amended to include severe forms of human trafficking in the definition of "transnational organized crime" for purposes of such program.</p>
HR 165 - Rep. Alcee Hastings (DEM-FL)
Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2017
01/25/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><strong>Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill amends titles XVI (Supplemental Security Income [SSI]), XVIII (Medicare), XIX (Medicaid), and XXI (Children's Health Insurance Program [CHIP]) to allow an otherwise eligible individual who is in custody pending charges to receive SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP benefits.</p> <p>Any SSI benefits payable to such an individual: (1) must be withheld until the individual is no longer in custody; and (2) if the individual dies while in custody, shall be paid to the individual's estate. </p>
HR 1673 - Rep. John Conyers (DEM-MI)
Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability Act of 2017
04/11/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.
...This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) establish a Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability Trust Fund; (2) modify the definition of subpart F income (i.e., income of a controlled foreign corporation earned outside the United States that is not tax-deferred) to include income of a controlled foreign corporation derived from a foreign country; and (3) transfer to the fund revenues from the newly included subpart F income.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture must allocate funds from the trust fund to specified clean water programs, drinking water programs, and water well systems.</p> <p>The bill amends Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to authorize the EPA to make grants for ...
HR 1676 - Rep. Eliot Engel (DEM-NY)
Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
03/24/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide support for Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers. These centers must improve the training of health professionals in palliative care and establish traineeships for individuals preparing for advanced education nursing degrees, social work degrees, or advanced degrees in physician assistant studies in palliative care.</p> <p>HHS may provide support to schools of medicine, schools of osteopathic medicine, teaching hospitals, and graduate medical education programs for training physicians who plan to teach palliative medicine.</p> <p>HHS must: (1) provide Palliative Medicine and Hospice Academic Career Awards to individuals to promote their career development; (2) ...
HR 1780 - Rep. Charlie Crist (DEM-FL)
Senior Accessible Housing Act
03/29/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
<p><b>Senior Accessible Housing Act </b></p> <p>This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a nonrefundable personal tax credit for senior citizens who modify their residences to enhance their ability to remain living safely, independently, and comfortably in the residences. </p> <p>The credit applies to up to $30,000 of the expenses that individuals who are at least 60 years old incur over their lifetime to make modifications to their residences, including: </p> <ul> <li> the installation of entrance and exit ramps; </li> <li>the widening of doorways;</li> <li> the installation of handrails or grab bars;</li> <li> the installation of non-slip flooring; and </li> <li> other modifications that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) includes on a list of modifications that would enhance ...
HR 1821 - Rep. Joe Barton (REP-TX)
DELIVER Act of 2017
03/30/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
...This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the standard mileage rate for the tax deduction for the charitable use of a passenger automobile to deliver meals to homebound individuals who are elderly, disabled, frail, or at risk. The bill increases the rate from the standard charitable rate of 14 cents per mile to the standard business mileage rate, which is 53.5 cents per mile for 2017. </p> <p>
HR 1892 - Rep. John Larson (DEM-CT)
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
02/09/2018 - Became Public Law No: 115-123.
...This bill authorizes the governor of a state, territory, or possession of the United States or the Mayor of the District of Columbia to proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) working in such jurisdiction who dies while serving in the line of duty.</p>
HR 1939 - Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]
Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2017
04/17/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 2 - Rep. K. Michael Conaway (REP-TX)
Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018
04/12/2018 - Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
HR 2003 - Rep. Joaquin Castro (DEM-TX)
Pre-K for USA Act
04/06/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
<p><strong>Pre-K for USA Act</strong></p> <p>This bill requires the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education to jointly award high-quality prekindergarten (pre-K) program development grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies.</p> <p>Grants are nonrenewable and must be awarded for a period of no more than three years. </p> <p>Unless granted a financial hardship waiver, a grant recipient must contribute matching funds equal to at least 20% of the grant amount.</p>
HR 2014 - Rep. John Delaney (DEM-MD)
Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act
04/06/2017 - Referred to House Education and the Workforce
...This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on certain greenhouse gas emissions. The tax is equal to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent in 2018, increasing each subsequent year at 4% above inflation.</p> <p>The Internal Revenue Service must: (1) provide certain refunds of the tax to account for the capture and permanent sequestration of greenhouse gas emissions, and (2) adjust the tax to account for goods that are exported or imported.</p> <p>The bill amends the Social Security Act to establish a Low-Income Energy Cost Mitigation Program to provide an energy refund amount to certain low and middle-income households to compensate such households for increases in energy costs due to this bill.</p> <p>The Department of Labor may use up to ...
HR 202 - Rep. Nydia Velazquez (DEM-NY)
Landlord Accountability Act of 2017
01/03/2017 - Referred to House Judiciary
<p><b>Landlord Accountability Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends the Fair Housing Act to make it unlawful to discriminate in connection with the rental of a dwelling because the current or prospective tenant holds a housing voucher for rental assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.</p> <p>An owner of a dwelling unit available for rental may not take any action, or fail to take any action, with the intent to make the unit insufficiently decent, safe, sanitary, or inhabitable so that the dwelling fails to qualify for assistance within the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). </p> <p>HUD shall increase the staffing level for the Multifamily Housing Complaint Line operated by its Multifamily Housing Clearinghouse to handle the ...
HR 2047 - Rep. Ben Lujan (DEM-NM)
Behavioral Health Infrastructure Improvement Act
04/07/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to temporarily increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for behavioral health infrastructure and systems improvements under a state medical assistance program. For a period of five years, a state's FMAP for such improvements shall equal 90%. (Generally, a state's FMAP under Medicaid may range from 50% to 83%.)</p> <p>The bill also establishes a grant program for states to establish or support a behavioral health assistance office or ombudsman to coordinate behavioral health and other assistance for Medicaid beneficiaries. The office or ombudsman shall: (1) track, quantify, and report on problems and inquiries encountered by Medicaid beneficiaries with respect ...
HR 2255 - Rep. Trott, David A. [R-MI-11]
HOME Act
01/30/2018 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
<p><strong>Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act or the HOME Act</strong></p> <p>This bill amends the Truth in Lending Act to deem mortgage appraisal services donated by a fee appraiser to an organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions to be customary and reasonable. </p>
HR 2271 - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DEM-NY)
Flexibility for Working Families Act
05/01/2017 - Referred to House Judiciary
...This bill allows an employee to request from an employer a temporary or permanent change in the terms or conditions of the employee's employment if the request relates to: (1) the number of hours the employee is required to work, (2) the times when the employee is required to work or be on call for work, (3) where the employee is required to work, or (4) the amount of notification the employee receives of work schedule assignments. The bill sets forth certain employer duties with respect to such requests.</p> <p>The bill prohibits an employer from interfering with any rights provided to an employee under this bill. An employee may file a complaint with the Department of Labor for any violations of such rights. Labor shall investigate and attempt to resolve such complaints and may issue ...
HR 2410 - Rep. Danny Davis (DEM-IL)
Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2017
02/27/2018 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
<p><b>Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants to states to: (1) collect data on the prevalence and distribution of sickle cell disease, (2) conduct sickle cell disease public health initiatives to improve access to care and health outcomes, and (3) identify and evaluate strategies for prevention and treatment of sickle cell disease complications.</p> The demonstration program to improve the prevention and treatment of sickle cell disease is revised, reauthorized through FY2022, and moved from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to the Public Health Service Act.
HR 242 - Rep. Peter Welch (DEM-VT)
Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017
01/25/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies regarding prices for drugs covered under the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Current law prohibits CMS from doing so.</p>
HR 2430 - Rep. Greg Walden (REP-OR)
FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017
08/18/2017 - Became Public Law No: 115-52.
...This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to extend through FY2022 and revise Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees for new drug applications. User fees are eliminated for supplements to new drug applications and drug manufacturing facilities.</p> <p><i>Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2017</i></p> <p>The bill extends through FY2022 and revises FDA user fees for medical devices. A user fee is established for requests to classify devices that are not substantially equivalent to marketed devices. The FDA is no longer granted the discretion to waive or reduce fees in the interest of public health.</p> <p>The FDA must establish a pilot program to accredit testing laboratories to determine whether medical devices conform to performance standards.</p> <p>The bill ...
HR 244 - Rep. Paul Cook (REP-CA)
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
05/05/2017 - Became Public Law No: 115-31.
...Labor shall begin soliciting applications by January 31, stop accepting applications not earlier than April 30, and finish application review by August 31. The President shall notify chosen applicants no later than October 11. Medallions shall be awarded in November.</p> <p>Labor shall establish two levels of medallions for large and small employers, to be designated the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion. The bill prescribes awards criteria.</p> <p>A recipient: (1) may publicly display the medallion and certificate through the end of the calendar year, and (2) may not publicly display the award as part of any advertisement implying receipt of the award for any calendar year other than the one in which it was awarded.</p> <p>The bill establishes the HIRE Vets ...
HR 252 - Rep. Al Green (DEM-TX)
Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2017
01/04/2017 - Referred to House Ways and Means
<p><strong>Comprehensive</strong> <strong>Homes for Heroes Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide assistance to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives to expand the supply of supportive housing for very low-income veterans' families (families with incomes not exceeding 50% of the area median income).</p> <p>The bill amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to: (1) make housing rental vouchers available to all homeless veterans, regardless of medical condition; and (2) include veterans in public housing planning.</p> <p>Veterans' benefits are excluded from income for purposes of HUD assisted housing rental determinations.</p> <p> HUD is required to: (1) make grants to nonprofit entities for ...
HR 2628 - Rep. Gene Green (DEM-TX)
Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act
05/26/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 2639 - Rep. Peter King (REP-NY)
Elder Justice Reauthorization Act
06/07/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><b>Elder Justice Reauthorization Act </b></p> <p>This bill amends title XX (Block Grants to States for Social Services) of the Social Security Act to reauthorize through FY2021 grants to states for activities related to the prevention and detection of elder abuse.</p> <p>In addition, the bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to reauthorize through FY2021: (1) the National Training Institute for federal and state surveyors of long-term care facilities, and (2) grants to state agencies that perform surveys of certain nursing facilities.</p>
HR 2839 - Rep. Judy Chu (DEM-CA)
Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017
07/17/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
<p><strong>Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill provides access to qualified acupuncturist services for: (1) military members and their dependents under the TRICARE program, and (2) veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.</p> <p>The position of certified, trained acupuncturist for civilian employees in the Department of Defense shall be the grade of GS-12 or higher under the General Schedule. </p> <p>The VA shall carry out such program at in at least one VA facility in each Veterans Integrated Service Network in both urban and rural areas.</p> <p>The VA shall establish the Advisory Committee on Acupuncturist Services. </p> <p>Title XVIII of the Social Security Act is amended to provide Medicare coverage for ...
HR 2896 - Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]
Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2017
06/22/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.
<p><b>Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to, with respect to OASDI benefits: (1) apply a 3.9% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the second half of 2017, and (2) revise the computation of COLAs to use the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers.</p>
HR 2972 - Rep. Maxine Waters (DEM-CA)
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act
06/23/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><b>Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act</b></p> <p>This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants to public and nonprofit private health care providers to expand training and support services for families and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease. </p>
HR 3098 - Rep. Linda Sanchez (DEM-CA)
Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2017
06/28/2017 - Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
HR 313 - Rep. Marsha Blackburn (REP-TN)
Savings for Seniors Act of 2017
01/23/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.
...The Managing Trustee of the Social Security trust funds (the Secretary of the Treasury) must: (1) transfer annual Social Security surpluses to the account; and (2) may not invest the balance in the account until a law takes effect after FY2017 that authorizes, for amounts in the trust fund, an investment vehicle other than U.S. obligations resulting in the transfer of trust fund assets to the general fund of the Treasury.</p> <p> The bill establishes in the executive branch a commission to study the most effective vehicles for investment of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund other than investments in the form of U.S. obligations.
HR 3160 - Rep. Maxine Waters (DEM-CA)
Public Housing Tenant Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2017
06/29/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
<p><b>Public Housing Tenant Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2017</b></p> <p><i>Public Housing One-for-One Replacement and Tenant Protection Act of 2017</i></p> <p>This bill amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 regarding: (1) demolition, disposition, or both pursuant to conversion of any public housing unit; and (2) the taking of public housing units through the use of eminent domain.</p> <p>The bill exempts from specified requirements for demolition and disposition of public housing, public housing projects removed from a public housing agency (PHA) inventory under the program for conversion of demolished or distressed public housing dwelling units to tenant-based assistance.</p> <p>Real property containing dwelling units in public housing is excluded from the Department of ...
HR 325 - Rep. Barbara Lee (DEM-CA)
Adult Day Center Enhancement Act
01/25/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill requires the Administration on Aging (AOA) to initiate a comprehensive survey of current adult day programs that provide care and support to individuals with neurological diseases or conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or traumatic brain injury. The AOA must identify ongoing successful adult day programs and which of these serve young adults with neurological conditions and develop best practices to guide the establishment of additional successful adult day programs.</p> The AOA must award grants for adult day programs that serve younger people with neurological conditions. <p>An "adult day program" is defined as a program that provides comprehensive care and support services to individuals with neurological conditions and to their family ...
HR 3260 - Rep. Mike Thompson (DEM-CA)
Airline Passenger Protection Act of 2017
07/15/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Aviation.
<p><b>Airline Passenger Protection Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill prescribes certain airline passenger protection requirements with respect to:</p> <ul> <li>seat size, safety, and health;</li> <li>bathroom size, safety, and health;</li> <li>refunds for damaged or inoperable in-air amenities (televisions, headphones, and wireless internet access);</li> <li>delays and cancellations;</li> <li>disclosure of passenger fees and passenger rights of recourse in the event of a cancellation, delay, and damaged baggage;</li> <li>frequent flier program benefits;</li> <li>maintenance of a consumer complaint hotline;</li> <li>lost, damaged, or stolen baggage disputes and insurance;</li> <li>reinstatement of reciprocity rule (Rule 240) permitting passengers on a flight that is cancelled or delayed ...
HR 3268 - Rep. Robert Aderholt (REP-AL)
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
07/17/2017 - Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 165.
...Rescinds specified unobligated balances from prior appropriations. Sets forth permissible, restricted, and prohibited uses for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts. </p>
HR 3291 - Rep. Tim Ryan (DEM-OH)
Alleviating Adverse Childhood Experiences Act
07/18/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
<p><strong>Alleviating Adverse Childhood Experiences Act</strong></p> <p>This bill amends XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to allow a state Medicaid program to cover, as medical assistance, services furnished under an early-childhood home-visitation program that: </p> <ul> <li>conforms to a clear, consistent, research-based home-visitation model; </li> <li>is designed to result in improvements for participating families in areas related to maternal and newborn health, child health and development, school readiness and academic achievement, crime and domestic violence, economic self-sufficiency, parenting skills, and resource coordination; </li> <li>gives priority to serving certain high-risk populations; and </li> <li>meets other specified requirements. </li></ul> ...
HR 3337 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro (DEM-CT)
Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act
07/20/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
...This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit poultry or meat that is processed or produced in China from being used in the Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. </p>
HR 3354 - Rep. Ken Calvert (REP-CA)
Interior and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, State and Foreign Operations, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, Military ...
09/27/2017 - Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 230.
<p><b>Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018</b></p> <p>Provides FY2018 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies. </p> <p>Provides appropriations to Interior for: </p> <ul> <li> the Bureau of Land Management, </li> <li> the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, </li> <li> the National Park Service, </li> <li> the U.S. Geological Survey, </li> <li> the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, </li> <li> the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, </li> <li> the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and </li> <li> the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education. </li> </ul> <p>Provides appropriations to Interior for Departmental Offices, including: ...
HR 3358 - Rep. Tom Cole (REP-OK)
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
07/24/2017 - Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 176.
<p><b>Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018</b></p> <p>Provides FY2018 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies. </p> <p><i>Department of Labor Appropriations Act, 2018</i></p> <p>Provides appropriations to the Department of Labor for: </p> <ul> <li>the Employment and Training Administration,</li> <li>the Employee Benefits Security Administration,</li> <li>the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, </li> <li>the Wage and Hour Division, </li> <li>the Office of Labor-Management Standards,</li> <li>the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs,</li> <li>the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs,</li> <li>the Occupational Safety and Health ...
HR 3388 - Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]
SELF DRIVE Act
09/07/2017 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
<p><b>Designating Each Car's Automation Level Act or the DECAL Act</b> </p> <p>This bill requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to:</p> <ul> <li> complete research to determine the most cost effective method and terminology for informing consumers about the capabilities and limitations of each highly automated vehicle or each vehicle that performs partial driving automation; and</li> <li>determine whether such information includes terminology as defined by SAE International in Recommended Practice Report J3016 (published September 2016) or alternative terminology.</li> </ul> <p>After completion of such research, DOT shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to require manufacturers to inform consumers about such information.</p> <p>The bill defines: (1) a "highly automated ...
HR 3413 - Rep. Gus Bilirakis (REP-FL)
ACCESS Act
07/27/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
...This bill directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an Advisory Council on Improving Mobility Access for Underserved Populations and Senior Citizens. The council shall undertake information gathering activities, develop technical advice, and present best practices or recommendations to DOT regarding mobility access for senior citizens and populations underserved by traditional public transportation services and educational outreach efforts with respect to the testing and distribution of highly automated vehicles in commerce.</p> <p>A "highly automated vehicle" is defined as a motor vehicle (excluding a commercial motor vehicle) equipped with an automated driving system. </p> <p>An "automated driving ...
HR 3447 - Rep. Lynn Jenkins (REP-KS)
FACTS Act of 2017
07/28/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to allow Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors to access certain Medicare claims data. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) must establish a process for PDP sponsors to request, beginning in plan year 2020, standardized extracts of claims data for Medicare hospital and medical services. </p> <p>PDP sponsors may use such data: (1) to optimize therapeutic outcomes through improved medication use, (2) to improve care coordination so as to prevent adverse health outcomes, or (3) for any other purpose determined appropriate by the CMS. PDP sponsors may not, however, use such data: (1) to inform coverage determinations; (2) to conduct retroactive reviews of medically ...
HR 3461 - Rep. Matt Cartwright (DEM-PA)
Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Citizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2017
07/27/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
...This bill amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to direct the Administration on Aging to award grants for eligible consortia of health care providers and facilities to carry out six separate demonstration projects that focus on care coordination and service delivery for older individuals who have chronic illness or are at risk of institutional placement. Specifically, demonstration projects shall focus on: (1) using the abilities of direct-care workers to promote smooth transitions in care and help prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions, (2) maintaining and improving the health status of those with multiple chronic conditions and long-term needs, and (3) training direct-care workers to take on deeper clinical responsibilities</s>.</p>
HR 3537 - Rep. David Price (DEM-NC)
We the People Act of 2017
09/06/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
HR 3687 - Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (REP-NE)
Farm to School Act of 2017
09/06/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
HR 3749 - Rep. Al Lawson (DEM-FL)
SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act of 2017
10/05/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
HR 3758 - Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (DEM-AZ)
Senior Safe Act of 2017
11/28/2017 - Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 314.
...This bill extends immunity from liability to certain individuals who, in good faith and with reasonable care, disclose the suspected exploitation of a senior citizen to a regulatory or law-enforcement agency. Specifically, this immunity shall apply to certain credit-union, depository-institution, investment-adviser, broker-dealer, transfer-agency, insurance-company, and insurance-agency employees who have received specified training related to identifying and reporting the suspected exploitation of a senior citizen. Similarly, the employing financial institution shall not be liable with respect to disclosures made by such employees. </p>
HR 3759 - Rep. Gregg Harper (REP-MS)
RAISE Family Caregivers Act
01/22/2018 - Became Public Law No: 115-119.
<p><b>Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act of 2017 or the RAISE Family Caregivers Act</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and make publicly available a National Family Caregiving Strategy that identifies recommended actions for recognizing and supporting family caregivers in a manner that reflects their diverse needs.</p> <p>HHS shall convene a Family Caregiving Advisory Council to advise the department on recognizing and supporting family caregivers.</p> <p>The council shall terminate after five years.</p>
HR 3773 - Rep. Robert Scott (DEM-VA)
Child Care for Working Families Act
09/14/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
HR 3778 - Rep. Robert Scott (DEM-VA)
Direct CARE Opportunity Act
09/15/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 3782 - Rep. Matt Cartwright (DEM-PA)
Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act of 2017
09/15/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 3848 - Rep. David Price (DEM-NC)
We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017
09/27/2017 - Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
HR 3885 - Rep. Brad Schneider (DEM-IL)
Senior Citizen Protection Act of 2017
10/13/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
...This bill requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish guidelines for states to design and implement elder abuse registries. DOJ may award state grants to establish and operate such registries.</p> <p>Additionally, DOJ must establish and maintain a national database that contains information from state elder abuse registries. </p>
HR 390 - Rep. Christopher Smith (REP-NJ)
Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017
09/19/2017 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 227.
<p><strong>Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of State <o > to provide assistance to entities taking specified criminal and judicial actions against individuals who are suspected of committing genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes in Iraq since January 2014 or in Syria since March 2011. </p> <p>The State Department shall encourage foreign governments to identify and prosecute individuals who are suspected of committing such crimes, including members of foreign terrorist organizations operating in Iraq or Syria. </p> <p>The Department of Justice shall review existing criminal statutes concerning genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes to determine: </p> <ul> <li>the extent to which U.S. courts ...
HR 3901 - Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (DEM-CA)
Moving FIRST Act
10/03/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
HR 3953 - Rep. David Price (DEM-NC)
Federal Election Administration Act of 2017
10/04/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
HR 4006 - Rep. Linda Sanchez (DEM-CA)
Community-Based Independence for Seniors Act of 2017
10/13/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program through which up to five eligible Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations shall provide home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries. For purposes of the demonstration program, an eligible Medicare beneficiary is ineligible for Medicaid and unable to perform two or more activities of daily living.</p> <p>The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shall establish payment rates for eligible MA plans under the demonstration program. Such payment rates are capped but shall be in addition to payments otherwise made to MA organizations with respect to such plans.</p> <p>The CMS shall also: (1) help to educate ...
HR 4074 - Rep. Barbara Lee (DEM-CA)
Pathways Out of Poverty Act of 2017
10/26/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
HR 4113 - Rep. Bruce Poliquin (REP-ME)
Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act
10/24/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
<p><strong>Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act</strong></p> <p>This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if unable to furnish hospital care, medical services, or extended care at VA facilities or under other authorized contracts or sharing agreements, to enter into a Veterans Care Agreement (VCA) with an eligible provider to furnish such care and services.</p> <p>The VA shall review VCAs exceeding $1 million annually at least once every two years.</p> <p>The VA shall establish a process for the certification of eligible providers.</p> <p>An eligible provider is: </p> <ul> <li>a physician or provider of services that has entered into a provider agreement under the Social Security Act; </li> <li>a provider of items and services receiving payments ...
HR 4169 - Rep. Kenny Marchant (REP-TX)
Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act of 2017
10/31/2017 - Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
HR 4209 - Rep. John Larson (DEM-CT)
America Wins Act
11/14/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
HR 4242 - Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
VA Care in the Community Act
03/05/2018 - Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 444.
HR 4256 - Rep. Brett Guthrie (REP-KY)
BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act
11/10/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 4283 - Rep. Ann Kuster (DEM-NH)
Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2017
11/10/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
HR 4297 - Rep. Larry Bucshon (REP-IN)
Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2017
11/10/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><strong>Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill specifies that certain deductible, coinsurance, initial coverage limit, and cost-sharing requirements that apply under the Medicare prescription drug benefit shall not apply with respect to the shingles vaccine. </p> <p>The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must provide to Medicare beneficiaries specified information regarding: (1) coverage of vaccines for seniors, and (2) access to the shingles vaccine without cost-sharing.</p>
HR 4425 - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (DEM-OR)
Food and Farm Act
11/16/2017 - Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
HR 444 - Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]
Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2017
01/25/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
<p><b>Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of</b> <b>2017</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish an office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection to advise the FTC on the prevention of fraud targeting seniors and to assist the FTC in monitoring the market for mail, television, Internet, telemarketing, and recorded message telephone call (robocall) fraud targeting seniors.</p> <p>The office must: (1) disseminate to seniors and their families and caregivers information on the most common fraud schemes, including methods of reporting complaints either to the FTC's national toll-free telephone number or to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network, where complaints become immediately available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state attorneys general, and other ...
HR 4454 - Rep. Ron Kind (DEM-WI)
Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act
12/21/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.
HR 4521 - Rep. Al Lawson (DEM-FL)
SNAP Simplification for the Elderly Act
12/21/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
HR 4608 - Rep. Tom O'Halleran (DEM-AZ)
SURVIVE Act
01/22/2018 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
HR 4701 - Rep. James Renacci (REP-OH)
CARES Act of 2017
12/20/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
HR 4924 - Rep. Gregg Harper (REP-MS)
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
02/07/2018 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
...The bill applies CAA rights and protections to the China Review Commission, the Congressional-Executive China Commission, the Helsinki Commission, the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development, and their employees.</p> <p>Non-congressional CAA employing offices must develop programs to train and educate employees about their CAA rights and protections and available procedures to consider alleged CAA violations.</p> <p>The bill renames the OOC the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights.</p>
HR 4957 - Rep. Linda Sanchez (DEM-CA)
Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer's Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act of 2018
02/09/2018 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 4967 - Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (DEM-NM)
Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018
02/07/2018 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
...This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Act to allow an Indian tribe to assume, from a nearby local educational agency (LEA) and in lieu of a state, responsibility for administration of the school breakfast program, the school lunch program, the child and adult care food program, or the summer food service program for children. </p> <p>The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must identify, for optional use in LEAs on or near Indian reservations, alternatives to current program requirements related to the daily counting of meals by category, the use of annual applications to determine program eligibility, and the use of universal meal service. USDA may implement such alternatives, as limited by the bill, as well as further test them in ...
HR 5083 - Rep. Richard Neal (DEM-MA)
Expanding Access to Evidence-Based Opioid Treatment for Seniors Act of 2018
03/02/2018 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HR 539 - Rep. Marsha Blackburn (REP-TN)
USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017
02/01/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to expand the scope and responsibilities of the United States Preventive Services Task Force to require it to: (1) publish research plans to guide its review of scientific evidence relating to the effectiveness of preventive services; (2) make evidence reports and recommendations available for public comment; (3) establish a system for grading preventive care (Grades A, B, C, and D and a Grade I for insufficient information); and (4) convene a preventive services stakeholders board to provide feedback on task force activities and recommend preventive services and scientific evidence for the task force to review. Members of the task force and the preventive services stakeholders board must disclose conflicts of interest.</p> <p>The Government ...
HR 5431 - Rep. Brian Higgins (DEM-NY)
Social Security Administration Accountability Act of 2018
04/05/2018 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
HR 605 - Rep. Danny Davis (DEM-IL)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Act
01/23/2017 - Referred to House Education and the Workforce
...The IRS must: (1) designate, through a competitive process, a lead national organization to carry out the purposes of the center; and (2) provide an annual grant to the organization. The lead national organization may provide subgrants to organizations to facilitate specialized technical assistance in reaching one or more underserved populations.</p> <p>The bill amends the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 and the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to authorize several national service programs to provide tax preparation assistance for low-income and older individuals and families. </p>
HR 67 - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (DEM-TX)
Social Security Safety Dividend Act of 2017
01/19/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
<p><b>Social Security Safety Dividend Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to disburse a $250 cash payment to recipients of Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits (under title XVI of the Social Security Act), railroad retirement benefits, or veterans disability compensation or pension benefits if no cost-of-living adjustment is payable for the year. </p>
HR 695 - Rep. Adam Schiff (DEM-CA)
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018
02/08/2018 - Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 695 not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 - 44. Record Vote Number: 29. (CR S798)
<p><b>Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to direct the Department of Justice to establish a program to provide national criminal history background checks and criminal history reviews for individuals who apply to work or volunteer at organizations that serve children, elderly adults, or individuals with disabilities. </p>
HR 707 - Rep. Marsha Blackburn (REP-TN)
Health Care Choices for Seniors Act
02/08/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
...This bill amends title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the Medicare Alternative Voucher (MAV) Program, under which a voucher may be used as a contribution into a health savings account and for the payment of enrollment premiums under a high-deductible health plan. HHS must establish a procedure under which an individual otherwise entitled to Medicare benefits may waive such entitlement and be automatically enrolled in the MAV Program.</p> <p>In addition, the bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the amount of the deduction from gross income for health savings accounts by the amount of the MAV that is contributed to an individual's health savings ...
HR 820 - Rep. Michael McCaul (REP-TX)
Childhood Cancer STAR Act
02/03/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p><b>Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2017 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act</b> </p> <p>This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide support to collect the medical specimens and information of children, adolescents, and young adults with selected cancers that have the least effective treatments in order to achieve a better understanding of these cancers and the effects of treatment.</p> <p>The national childhood cancer registry is reauthorized through FY2022 and revised to authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to state cancer registries to improve tracking of childhood cancers.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may: (1) support ...
HR 849 - Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act
11/06/2017 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
...This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under PPACA, the IPAB is tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.</p>
HR 947 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro (DEM-CT)
FAMILY Act
02/22/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Human Resources.
The bill entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month beginning on the first day of the month in which the individual meets the criteria specified below and ending 365 days later (benefit period), not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per period. An individual qualifies for such a benefit payment if such individual:</p> <ul> <li>is insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time an application is filed;</li> <li>has earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing it; and</li> <li>was engaged in qualified caregiving (any activity for which the individual would be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993), or anticipates being so engaged, during the ...
HRES 146 - Rep. Tony Cardenas (DEM-CA)
Expressing support for the designation of February 22, 2017, as ""National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day"", coinciding with American Heart Month.
02/24/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p> Expresses support for: (1) the designation of National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, and (2) the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services and the entire medical community to educate people about heart valve disease.</p>
HRES 193 - Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (DEM-IL)
Protecting health coverage for all Americans.
03/17/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
<p> Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that any replacement for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act must keep costs to health care consumers at or below their current rates and keep the uninsured rate at or below its current level.</p>
HRES 28 - Rep. Susan Davis (DEM-CA)
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
01/05/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
...Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all businesses and residential customers.</p>
HRES 501 - Rep. Marc Veasey (DEM-TX)
Expressing support for designation of the month of September as ""National Voting Rights Month"".
09/05/2017 - Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
<p>Supports the designation of September as National Voting Rights Month.</p>
HRES 714 - Rep. Liz Cheney (REP-WY)
Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 695) to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to ...
01/30/2018 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Sets forth the rule for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 695) to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.
HRES 765 - Rep. Karen Bass (DEM-CA)
Expressing support for the designation of May 15, 2018, as ""National Senior Fraud Awareness Day"" to raise awareness about the barrage of fraud attempts that seniors face, to encourage the implementation of policies to prevent these scams from happening, and to improve protections from these scams ...
03/09/2018 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
<p>Supports the designation of National Senior Fraud Awareness Day. </p>
HRES 829 - Rep. Tom Reed (REP-NY)
Recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of ""National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month"".
04/13/2018 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
S 1028 - Sen. Susan Collins (REP-ME)
RAISE Family Caregivers Act
09/27/2017 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
<p> <b>Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act of 2017' or the `RAISE Family Caregivers Act</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a National Family Caregiving Strategy.</p> <p>HHS shall convene a Family Caregiving Advisory Council to advise it on recognizing and supporting family caregivers.</p>
S 1044 - Sen. Shelley Capito (REP-WV)
Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2017
05/04/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
S 1048 - Sen. Orrin Hatch (REP-UT)
Enhanced Clinical Trial Design Act of 2017
05/04/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
...This bill requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in coordination with the National Institutes of Health, to convene a meeting to discuss clinical trial inclusion and exclusion criteria. The FDA must report on the meeting and issue guidance regarding eligibility criteria for clinical trials.</p> <p>The Government Accountability Office must report on individual access to investigational drugs for serious conditions through the FDA's expanded access program (i.e., compassionate use).</p> <p>The FDA must streamline review by institutional review boards of expanded access protocols for individual patients.</p> The bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the manufacturer or distributor of an investigational drug for a serious condition that is designated a ...
S 1227 - Sen. Sherrod Brown (DEM-OH)
Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act of 2017
05/24/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
S 1255 - Sen. Christopher Murphy (DEM-CT)
Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2017
05/25/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
...This bill amends title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act, for purposes of determining OASDI benefits, to credit individuals who serve as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wages for up to five years of such service. Specifically, an individual shall be deemed to have been paid a wage (according to a specified formula) during each month in which the individual was engaged for at least 80 hours in providing care to a dependent relative without monetary compensation. However, this requirement shall not apply if a larger benefit or payment would otherwise be payable. </p> <p>The bill also authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants to support state programs that provide medical training to ...
S 1279 - Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
Veterans Health Administration Reform Act of 2017
07/11/2017 - Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
S 1347 - Sen. Ron Wyden (DEM-OR)
RxCAP Act of 2017
06/13/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
...This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to eliminate beneficiary cost-sharing above the Medicare prescription benefit's annual out-of-pocket threshold beginning in plan year 2018. Under current law, the Medicare prescription drug benefit provides coverage above that threshold only with cost-sharing in the form of either copayment or coinsurance. </p>
S 1437 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DEM-NY)
Voter Empowerment Act of 2017
06/26/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
S 1510 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DEM-MN)
Helping State and Local Governments Prevent Cyber Attacks (HACK) Act
06/29/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
S 1606 - Sen. Cory Booker (DEM-NJ)
In-Home CARE Act
07/20/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
<p><b>In-Home Caregiver Assessment Resources and Education Act or the In-Home CARE Act</b></p> <p>This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Administration for Community Living to award grants to carry out home visiting programs for unpaid caregivers.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services must coordinate with the National Family Caregiver Support Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and others on this grant program.</p> <p>Grantees must provide:</p> <ul> <li>caregiver education and training regarding medication management, food preparation, falls prevention, and other subjects;</li> <li>services or referrals for services related to home care, such as transportation, home modification, or respite care; ...
S 1611 - Sen. John Hoeven (REP-ND)
Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act
07/20/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
<p><strong>Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act</strong></p> <p>This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if unable to furnish hospital care, medical services, or extended care at VA facilities or under other authorized contracts or sharing agreements, to enter into a Veterans Care Agreement (VCA) with an eligible provider to furnish such care and services.</p> <p>The VA shall review VCAs exceeding $1 million annually at least once every two years.</p> <p>The VA shall establish a process for the certification of eligible providers.</p> <p>An eligible provider is: </p> <ul> <li>a physician or provider of services that has entered into a provider agreement under the Social Security Act; </li> <li>a provider of items and services receiving payments ...
S 1631 - Sen. Bob Corker (REP-TN)
Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2018
09/06/2017 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 210.
...This bill directs the Department of State to report to Congress regarding State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development reorganization plans.</p> <p>The State Department is urged to establish an Office of Global Women's Issues.</p> <p>The bill calls for establishment in the State Department of: (1) a Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; (2) an Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; and (3) an Office of International Disability Rights.</p> <p>The State Department shall: (1) consult semiannually with appropriate federal agencies regarding the security of U.S. government and nongovernmental information systems used by the State Department, and (2) develop a Bureau of Diplomatic Security training program for detecting classified ...
S 1707 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DEM-NY)
SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act of 2017
08/02/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
<p><b>SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act of 2017 </b></p> <p>This bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to allow households containing an elderly or disabled member to use a standard medical expense deduction for calculating income to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) benefits.</p> <p>If the amount of actual costs of allowable medical expenses incurred by the elderly or disabled member for a month, exclusive of special diets, is equal to or greater than $35, the standard medical deduction for each month is: (1) $140 for FY2018, and (2) the preceding year's amount with a specified adjustment for inflation for FY2019 and each subsequent year. If the monthly costs are greater than the sum of the standard ...
S 1708 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DEM-NY)
A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide that certain students who are family caregivers are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
08/02/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
<p>This bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to make certain students who are informal providers of in-home and community care to elderly or disabled members of the household eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program).</p>
S 1767 - Sen. Patrick Leahy (DEM-VT)
Farm to School Act of 2017
09/06/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
S 1771 - Sen. Roy Blunt (REP-MO)
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
09/07/2017 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 215.
<p><b>Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018</b></p> <p>Provides FY2018 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies. </p> <p><i>Department of Labor Appropriations Act, 2018</i></p> <p>Provides appropriations to the Department of Labor for: </p> <ul> <li>the Employment and Training Administration,</li> <li>the Employee Benefits Security Administration,</li> <li>the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, </li> <li>the Wage and Hour Division, </li> <li>the Office of Labor-Management Standards,</li> <li>the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs,</li> <li>the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs,</li> <li>the Occupational Safety and Health ...
S 178 - Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act
10/18/2017 - Became Public Law No: 115-70.
...The bill amends the federal criminal code to expand prohibited telemarketing fraud to include "telemarketing or email marketing" fraud. It broadens the definition of telemarketing or email marketing. </p> <p> A defendant convicted of telemarketing or email marketing fraud that targets or victimizes a person over age 55 is subject to an enhanced criminal penalty and mandatory forfeiture. </p> <p>The bill also adds health care fraud to the list of fraud offenses subject to enhanced penalties. </p> <p>The Government Accountability Office must report on: (1) elder justice programs and initiatives in the federal criminal justice system; and (2) the exploitation of older adults in global drug trafficking schemes and criminal enterprises, the incarceration of exploited older adults in ...
S 1806 - Sen. Patty Murray (DEM-WA)
Child Care for Working Families Act
09/14/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
S 1807 - Sen. Edward Markey (DEM-MA)
Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act of 2017
09/14/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
S 1809 - Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (DEM-NV)
Moving FIRST Act
09/14/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
S 182 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DEM-MN)
Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act
01/20/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
<p><b>Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act </b></p> <p> This bill amends title XX (Block Grants to States for Social Services and Elder Justice) of the Social Security Act to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to the highest courts of states to conduct demonstration programs that: (1) assess adult guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, including the appointment and the monitoring of the performance of court-appointed guardians and conservators; and (2) implement changes deemed necessary as a result of the assessments, such as requiring background checks for all potential guardians and conservators, and establishing systems that enable electronic filing and review of the annual accountings and other required conservatorship ...
S 1870 - Sen. John Hoeven (REP-ND)
SURVIVE Act
04/09/2018 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 368.
S 1879 - Sen. John Barrasso (REP-WY)
Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2017
09/27/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
<p><b>Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to: (1) cover marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under Medicare, (2) exclude such services from the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system, and (3) authorize marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors to develop discharge plans for post-hospital services.</p>
S 1880 - Sen. Tom Udall (DEM-NM)
We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017
09/27/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
S 193 - Sen. Sherrod Brown (DEM-OH)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Act
01/23/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
...The IRS must: (1) designate, through a competitive process, a lead national organization to carry out the purposes of the center; and (2) provide an annual grant to the organization. The lead national organization may provide subgrants to organizations to facilitate specialized technical assistance in reaching one or more underserved populations.</p> <p>The bill amends the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 and the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to authorize several national service programs to provide tax preparation assistance for low-income and older individuals and families. </p>
S 2076 - Sen. Susan Collins (REP-ME)
BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act
11/06/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S7017-7019)
S 2103 - Sen. Mazie Hirono (DEM-HI)
Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2017
11/08/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
<p><strong>Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill specifies that certain deductible, coinsurance, initial coverage limit, and cost-sharing requirements that apply under the Medicare prescription drug benefit shall not apply with respect to the shingles vaccine. </p> <p>The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must provide to Medicare beneficiaries specified information regarding: (1) coverage of vaccines for seniors, and (2) access to the shingles vaccine without cost-sharing.</p>
S 2155 - Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
04/19/2018 - Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Hearings held.
...Volcker Rule,"" which prohibits banking agencies from engaging in proprietary trading or entering into certain relationships with hedge funds and private-equity funds. Certain banks are also exempted by the bill from specified capital and leverage ratios, with federal banking agencies directed to promulgate new requirements. </p> <p>The bill amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to reduce inspection requirements and environmental-review requirements for certain smaller, rural public-housing agencies. </p> <p>Provisions relating to enhanced prudential regulation for financial institutions are modified, including those related to stress testing, leverage requirements, and the use of municipal bonds for purposes of meeting liquidity requirements. </p> ...
S 223 - Sen. Susan Collins (REP-ME)
Senior$afe Act of 2017
01/24/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S449-450)
...This bill extends immunity from liability to certain individuals who, in good faith and with reasonable care, disclose the suspected exploitation of a senior citizen to a regulatory or law-enforcement agency. Specifically, this immunity shall apply to certain credit-union, depository-institution, investment-adviser, broker-dealer, insurance-company, and insurance-agency employees who have received specified training related to identifying and reporting the suspected exploitation of a senior citizen. Similarly, the employing financial institution shall not be liable with respect to disclosures made by such employees. </p>
S 2387 - Sen. Shelley Capito (REP-WV)
Concentrating on High-value Alzheimer's Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act of 2018
02/07/2018 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
S 2401 - Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
02/07/2018 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S706)
S 2409 - Sen. Tom Udall (DEM-NM)
Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018
02/08/2018 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
...This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Act to allow an Indian tribe to assume, from a nearby local educational agency (LEA) and in lieu of a state, responsibility for administration of the school breakfast program, the school lunch program, the child and adult care food program, or the summer food service program for children. </p> <p>The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must identify, for optional use in LEAs on or near Indian reservations, alternatives to current program requirements related to the daily counting of meals by category, the use of annual applications to determine program eligibility, and the use of universal meal service. USDA may implement such alternatives, as limited by the bill, as well as further test them in ...
S 2465 - Sen. Tim Scott (REP-SC)
Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018
02/28/2018 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S1288)
S 260 - Sen. John Cornyn (REP-TX)
Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017
02/01/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Text of measure as introduced: CR S597)
...This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under PPACA, the IPAB is tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.</p>
S 292 - Sen. Jack Reed (DEM-RI)
Childhood Cancer STAR Act
03/26/2018 - Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
<p><b>Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2017 or the Childhood Cancer STAR Act</b> </p> <p>This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide support to collect the medical specimens and information of children, adolescents, and young adults with selected cancers that have the least effective treatments in order to achieve a better understanding of these cancers and the effects of treatment.</p> <p>The national childhood cancer registry is reauthorized through FY2022 and revised to authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to state cancer registries to improve tracking of childhood cancers.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may: (1) support ...
S 309 - Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
Community-Based Independence for Seniors Act
02/06/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
<p><strong>Community-Based Independence for Seniors Act</strong></p> <p>This bill establishes a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program, through which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shall target home- and community-based services to low-income seniors who are unable to perform two or more activities of daily living and are eligible for Medicare Advantage (MA) but not for Medicaid.</p> <p>An MA plan that is selected to participate in the program must use certain payments from CMS to provide those beneficiaries with services and supports such as homemaker services, home-delivered meals, transportation services, respite care, adult daycare, and certain equipment.</p> <p>The bill establishes a special election period during which ...
S 324 - Sen. Orrin Hatch (REP-UT)
State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017
03/27/2018 - Became Public Law No: 115-159.
<p><strong>State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017</strong></p> <p>This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement or a contract with each state home to pay for medical supervision model adult day health care for a veteran for whom the home is not receiving VA nursing home care payments. </p> <p>The veteran must need such care either specifically for a service-connected disability, or, if not specifically for one, the veteran must have a service-connected disability rated 70% or more. </p> <p>Payment under each agreement or contract between the VA and a state home must equal 65% of the payment that the VA would otherwise pay to the state home if the veteran were receiving nursing home care.</p> <p> "Medical supervision ...
S 337 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DEM-NY)
FAMILY Act
02/07/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
The bill entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month beginning on the first day of the month in which the individual meets the criteria specified below and ending 365 days later (benefit period), not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per period. An individual qualifies for such a benefit payment if such individual:</p> <ul> <li>is insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time an application is filed;</li> <li>has earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing it; and</li> <li>was engaged in qualified caregiving (any activity for which the individual would be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993), or anticipates being so engaged, during the ...
S 435 - Sen. Martin Heinrich (DEM-NM)
Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act of 2017
02/16/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
...This bill establishes the Interagency Council on Multigenerational Poverty to carry out specified objectives and the 2-generation approach, including by providing guidance, and addressing questions pertaining to 2-generation programs and other programs engaging in efforts to break the cycle of multigenerational poverty. The "2-generation approach" means the approach to breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty by improving family economic security through the implementation of 2-generation pilot programs that create opportunities for, and address the needs of, parents and children together.</p> <p>The council shall: (1) develop, make available for public comment, and submit to the President and Congress, a national strategic plan to end and prevent multigenerational ...
S 547 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DEM-NY)
Senior Financial Empowerment Act of 2017
03/07/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
...This bill requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to disseminate to senior citizens and their families and caregivers information regarding mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud that targets senior citizens. The information must: (1) teach safe and smart financial practices, (2) provide instructions on how to refer a fraud complaint to law enforcement, and (3) include a toll-free telephone number that connects to a live individual who answers calls from seniors seeking advice about scams or how to report instances of fraud.</p> <p>The Department of Justice may award grants for the prevention of senior citizen fraud to state attorneys general, state or local law enforcement, senior centers, or nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to seniors. Priority shall be given to ...
S 693 - Sen. Tammy Baldwin (DEM-WI)
Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act
03/22/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
...This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide support for Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers. These centers must improve the training of health professionals in palliative care and establish traineeships for individuals preparing for advanced education nursing degrees, social work degrees, or advanced degrees in physician assistant studies in palliative care.</p> <p>HHS may provide support to schools of medicine, schools of osteopathic medicine, teaching hospitals, and graduate medical education programs for training physicians who plan to teach palliative medicine.</p> <p>HHS must: (1) provide Palliative Medicine and Hospice Academic Career Awards to individuals to promote their career development; (2) ...
S 694 - Sen. Angus King (IND-ME)
DELIVER Act of 2017
03/22/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
...This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the standard mileage rate for the tax deduction for the charitable use of a passenger automobile to deliver meals to homebound individuals who are elderly, disabled, frail, or at risk. The bill increases the rate from the standard charitable rate of 14 cents per mile to the standard business mileage rate, which is 53.5 cents per mile for 2017. </p> <p>
S 705 - Sen. Orrin Hatch (REP-UT)
Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
10/19/2017 - Held at the desk.
<p><b>Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017</b></p> <p>This bill amends the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to direct the Department of Justice to establish a program to provide national criminal history background checks and criminal history reviews for individuals who apply to work or volunteer at organizations that serve children, elderly adults, or individuals with disabilities. </p>
S 81 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DEM-MN)
Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2017
08/11/2017 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
<p><b>Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of</b> <b>2017</b></p> <p>This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish an office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection to advise the FTC on the prevention of fraud targeting seniors and to assist the FTC in monitoring the market for mail, television, Internet, telemarketing, and recorded message telephone call (robocall) fraud targeting seniors.</p> <p>The office must: (1) disseminate to seniors and their families and caregivers information on the most common fraud schemes, including methods of reporting complaints either to the FTC's national toll-free telephone number or to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network, where complaints become immediately available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state attorneys general, and other ...
S 842 - Sen. Cory Booker (DEM-NJ)
Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2017
09/25/2017 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 228.
...The OPM, the Office of Compliance, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the GSA, and DOD must: (1) establish procedures for submitting complaints about, and taking actions against, agency employees and contractors for violating such prohibitions and for appealing such an action; and (2) issue regulations to implement this bill. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council shall revise the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement the requirements of this bill.</p> <p>The Bureau of Justice Statistics, in coordination with the Bureau of the Census, must: (1) design and initiate a study on the employment of individuals who are released from federal prison after completing a term of imprisonment for a federal criminal offense, and (2) report to Congress at specified ...
S 934 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (REP-TN)
FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017
05/11/2017 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 76.
...This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to extend through FY2022 and revise Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees for new drug applications. User fees are eliminated for supplements to new drug applications and drug manufacturing facilities.</p> <p><i>Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2017</i></p> <p>The bill extends through FY2022 and revises FDA user fees for medical devices. A user fee is established for requests to classify devices that are not substantially equivalent to marketed devices. The FDA is no longer granted the discretion to waive or reduce fees in the interest of public health.</p> <p>The FDA must establish a pilot program to accredit testing laboratories to determine whether medical devices conform to performance standards.</p> <p>The bill ...
S 959 - Wyden
Benefits Protections
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on FINANCE.
Restores protections for Social Security, Railroad retirement, and Black Lung benefits from administrative offset.
S 967 - Stabenow
Medicare Ambulance Access and Payments
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on FINANCE.
Amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act; increases access to ambulance services under the Medicare program; reforms payments for such services under such program.
S 968 - Klobuchar
VA Health Professional Shortage Areas
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS.
Amends the Public Health Service Act; designates certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas.
S 970 - Klobuchar
VA Newborn Care
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
Amends Title 38, United States Code; improves the care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to newborn children.
S 974 - Leahy
Drugs and Biological Products Market Competition
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on JUDICIARY.
Promotes competition in the market for drugs and biological products by facilitating the timely entry of lower-cost generic and biosimilar versions of those drugs and biological products.
S 977 - Cardin
Medicare Rehabilitation Cases Initial Assessment
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on FINANCE.
Permits occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.
S 980 - Capito
Rural Clinic and Health Center Medicare Service Payment
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on FINANCE.
Amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act; provides for payments for certain rural health clinic and Federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program.
S 986 - Menendez
Medicare Dependent Hospitals Consideration
04/27/2017 - To SENATE Committee on FINANCE.
Amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act; permits hospitals in all-urban states to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals.
S 997 - Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Flexibility for Working Families Act
05/01/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
...This bill allows an employee to request from an employer a temporary or permanent change in the terms or conditions of the employee's employment if the request relates to: (1) the number of hours the employee is required to work, (2) the times when the employee is required to work or be on call for work, (3) where the employee is required to work, or (4) the amount of notification the employee receives of work schedule assignments. The bill sets forth certain employer duties with respect to such requests.</p> <p>The bill prohibits an employer from interfering with any rights provided to an employee under this bill. An employee may file a complaint with the Department of Labor for any violations of such rights. Labor shall investigate and attempt to resolve such complaints and may issue ...
SRES 405 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DEM-MN)
A resolution designating the third week of March 2018 as ""National CACFP Week"".
03/22/2018 - Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
<p>Recognizes the role of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in improving the health of the country's most vulnerable children and adults in child care centers, adult day care homes, and after-school care by providing nutritious meals and snacks. </p> <p>Designates the week beginning on March 11, 2018, as National CACFP Week. </p>
SRES 49 - Sen. Susan Collins (REP-ME)
A resolution declaring that achieving the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025 is an urgent national priority.
02/06/2017 - Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (text of measure as introduced: CR S747-748)
<p>Expresses the Senate's commitment to strengthening the quality of care and expanding support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and family caregivers. </p> <p>Declares that: (1) achieving the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025 is an urgent national priority, and (2) bold action and considerable increases in funding are necessary to meet that goal.</p> <p>Encourages: (1) greater collaboration between governments to advance a global Alzheimer's and dementia research plan; (2) innovative public-private partnerships, financing tools, incentives, and other mechanisms to accelerate the pursuit of disease-modifying therapies.</p> <p> Calls for: (1) doubling the funding for Alzheimer's ...
 
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