Floor Update: Dec 12, 2019 - 12:48 pm
The House is now taking the following votes:
  1. Walden Amendment – An amendment in the nature of a substitute, which does not include the ability for the secretary to lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries as well as workers in employer-sponsored insurance, does not include important provisions capping drug price hikes for consumers, does not include provisions providing a $2,000 out of pocket cap on Medicare beneficiaries’ drug costs, includes provisions related to (1) Medicare Parts B & D, (2) drug price transparency, (3) Medicare Part D benefit redesign and other Part D provisions, (4) MedPAC, (5) Medicaid, (6) FDA (including CREATES Act; Pay-for-delay; BLOCKING Act; Purple Book; Orange Book; Advancing education on biosimilars; Streamlining transition of biological products; OTC monograph safety, innovation, and reform; and other provisions), (7) revenue provisions, and (8) other bi-partisan provisions. Removes dental, vision, and hearing coverage for Medicare beneficiaries – 15 minutes
  2. O’Halleran Amendment – Creates a grant program within HHS for hospitals located in rural and medically underserved areas, including Critical Access Hospitals, to cover the start-up costs for establishing a Graduate Medical Education (GME) program or a partnership with a hospital that has an existing program. It includes a reporting requirement for GAO to analyze whether residents continue to practice in a rural or medically underserved area after completing their training – 2 minutes
  3. Gottheimer Amendment – Requires an HHS study to identify conditions without an FDA-approved treatment where the development of a treatment would fill an unmet medical need for a serious or life-threatening condition or rare disease. Requires HHS to identify appropriate incentives that would lead to the development of such treatments – 2 minutes
  4. Luria Amendment – Makes clear that federal employee health plans are covered by the price reduction provisions of the bill  – 2 minutes
  5. Cunningham Amendment – Allows the Veteran’s Administration to benefit from Maximum Fair Pricing guidelines – 2 minutes
    10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit
  6. Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 3 – VOTE NO – 5 minutes
  7. Final Passage of H.R. 3 Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (Rep. Pallone/Rep. Neal/Rep. Scott (VA) – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and Labor) – VOTE YES – 5 minutes
These are the last votes for the week
**Members are advised that Republican procedural votes are expected during the vote series.  Members are encouraged to stay on the Floor.

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