Capital Hill Review

115th Congress 2nd Session (2018)  

Senate 

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

 

Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.6147)

 

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.6147; Text of Legislation) on a 25-74 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 171).  The amendment sought to an 11.4 percent across-the-board cut in the bill still under debate that would appropriate $58.7 billion for the fiscal 2019 budgets of the Treasury and Interior departments and numerous agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

 

Robert L. Wilkie — Department of Veterans Affairs (PN2179)

 

The Senate confirmed on Monday, July 23, 2018, the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie — Department of Veterans Affairs (PN2179; Text of Legislation) on an 86-9 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 163).  as the nation’s 10th secretary of veterans affairs.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

House of Representatives  

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

 

John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515)

 

The House of Representatives on Thursday, July 26, 2018, approved the conference report on a $717 billion military budget for fiscal 2019 that includes $69 billion for war-fighting overseas and $57 billion for active-duty and retiree health care on a 359-54 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 379). The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of Legislation) sets a 2.6 percent pay raise for uniformed personnel, fund programs for military victims of sexual assault and lift a ban on the development of sea-launched low-yield nuclear weapons.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 5515) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes (H.Res.1027)

 

During debate of the Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 5515; Text of Legislation) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes (H.Res.1027; Text of Legislation) the House of Representatives blocked on a 226-183 (To view how your representative voted visit: 378) a Democrat attempt to call up for debate a bill (HR 6494; Text of Legislation) imposing financial sanctions on any country, individual or other entity found to have interfered with a U.S. federal election in 2015 or any later year.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

 

Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6199)

 

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, passed the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6199; Text of Legislation) on a 277-142 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 377).  The measure would add payments for fitness-center fees and drugs sold over the counter to the list of medical expenses reimbursable from within tax-advantaged, IRS-style Health Savings Accounts.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6311)

 

The Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6311; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on an 242-176 vote  (To view how your representative voted visit: 376).  The measure would grant owners of Health Savings Accounts and seniors on Medicare Part A, among others, access to the 2010 health law’s low-premium, high-deductible catastrophic, or “copper,” plans.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6311)

 

A Democrat motion to delay the GOP-sponsored healthcare measure Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 (H.R.6311; Text of Legislation)  until Congress scales back a 2017 package of corporate and individual tax cuts projected to increase annual deficits by at least $1 trillion over 10 year was defeated by the House of Representatives on an 187-229 vote  (To view how your representative voted visit: 375).  To justify spending restraints on programs including Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid pending GOP budget plans cite exploding debt.  By steps such as doubling maximum annual contributions to tax-advantaged Health Savings Accounts the underlying bill would add $50 billion to federal debt over 10 years.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week 

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

 

Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R.184)

 

The House of Representatives passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R.184; Text of Legislation) on a 283-132 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 372).  The measure would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3 percent excise tax on firms that manufacture and import medical devices. And the rationale for the tax is that it is fair to tax companies whose profits have been increased by the 2010 health law.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6199) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses, and providing for proceedings during the period from July 27, 2018, through September 3, 2018 (H.Res.1012)

 

During the debate Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6199; Text of Legislation) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses, and providing for proceedings during the period from July 27, 2018, through September 3, 2018 (H.Res.1012; Text of Legislation) a Democrat bid to call up for debate a bill (HR 6479; Text of Legislation ) that would prohibit the sale of so-called “junk insurance” health plans that skirt core provisions of the Affordable Care Act. An order by President Donald Trump soon will allow the sale of non-ACA-compliant “association” and “short-term” policies to small businesses and self-employed individuals apart from the 2010 health law was blocked on a 224-184 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 368). 

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

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