The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will consider 18 bills under suspension of the rules. For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the
Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution (IMD CARE) Act (H.R. 5797), which provides additional treatment options for Medicaid recipients who
are suffering from opioid addiction; the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 6082), which
reforms an outdated law so that patients' substance abuse history can be listed in their medical records;
and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which
ill serve as the legislative package for the majority of House-passed bills to combat the opioid crisis to move over to the Senate.
The House may also take a revote on its 2018 Farm Bill this week, in addition to a possible vote on a compromise immigration bill, the
Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, which includes a path to citizenship for young immigrants, $25 billion in border security - including advance funds for President Trump's wall with Mexico - and a provision aimed at addressing the crisis of family separations at the border.
The Senate will take a final vote on the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) on Monday. For the remainder of the week, the Senate will vote on the $145 billion House-passed "Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019" (H.R. 5895), which funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Congressional entities, DoD military construction activities, and the VA for FY 2019.
The House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY 2019 State-Foreign Operations and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bills on Wednesday, in addition to a revised report on the suballocation of budget allocations for FY 2019 (i.e., 302(b)s). On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will markup the FY 2019 State-Foreign Operations, Homeland Security; and Financial Services-General Government appropriations bills.