Capital Hill Review

115th Congress 2nd Session (2018)  

Senate 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

 

Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.6157)

 

The conference report to the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.6157; Text of Legislation) was agreed to by the Senate on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, on a 93-7 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 212 ). The legislation is an $854 billion appropriations bill (HR 6157) that would provide $675 billion for the Department of Defense, $90.1 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, $71.4 billion for the Department of Education, $12.1 billion for the Department of Labor and nearly $6 billion for other agencies and programs in fiscal 2019.  For those in uniform the military budget would fund a 2.6 percent pay raise while providing $68.1 billion for combat operations abroad and more than $57 billion for active-duty, family and retiree health care. Also, the measure would appropriate $3.7 billion for addressing opioid addiction; $2.3 billion for Alzheimer’s research; $445 million for charter schools; another $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and $95 million in grants to help K-12 schools prevent and recover from classroom shootings.

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

 

Monday, September 17, 2018 

 

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6)

 

The Senate on Monday, September 17, 2018, passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6; Text of Legislation) on a 99-1 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 210 ). The legislation is a package of 70 bills that would authorize $500 million over three years for state and local programs to fight the nation’s growing addiction to illicit drugs including opioids.  The measure, in part would increase the number of recovery facilities for drug addicts; expand government and private research into non-addictive pain therapies; expand telemedicine care in rural areas; allow Medicaid reimbursement for treating infants born with addictions and set uniform hospital standards for spotting opiate addiction.  And the measure would require as private carriers such as UPS and FedEx must do the postal service to develop technology for detecting substances including fentanyl in packages from abroad.

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

 

Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S.2554)

 

The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S.2554; Text of Legislation) was passed by the Senate on Monday, September 17, 2018, on a 98-2 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 209 ).  The measure would allow pharmacists to tell customers when it is cheaper to purchase drugs without insurance because the cash price is less than the co-pay charge.  Also, the measure prohibits “gag clauses” in contracts between pharmacies and health insurers that bar such disclosures to consumers.

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

 

Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S.2554)

 

An amendment to the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S.2554; Text of Legislation) was defeated by the Senate on Monday, September 17, 2018, on a 11-89 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 208  ). The amendment would have scale back S. 2554 so that it would exempt individual and group health plans administered by states under state law.

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

 

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 Addressing Correspondence:   

 

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510   

Dear Senator (last name):