Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of June 18, 2018 
  
Congressional Outlook

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who are suffering from opioid addiction; the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 6082), which reforms an outdated law so that patients' substance abuse history can be listed in their medical records; and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery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 w 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.
Week in Review

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Markup and Pass Five FY 2019 Appropriations Bills
 
During the week of June 11, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees marked up and passed the following five FY 2019 Appropriations bills:
  • Defense: By a vote of 48-4, the HAC passed this $674.6 billion spending bill, which includes $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding and $68.1 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding;
  • Financial Services-General Government: By a vote of 28-20, the HAC passed this $23.4 billion spending bill, which includes annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other related agencies;
  • Interior-Environment: By a vote of 31-0, the SAC passed this $35.853 billion spending bill, which includes $13.109 billion overall for the Interior Department, including full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program; $1.57 billion for the Fish and Wildlife Service; $8.058 billion for EPA, including $2.86 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, and $63 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance Act (WIFIA) program; $6.29 billion for the Forest Service; and $4.345 billion to fight wildland fire;
  • Commerce-Justice-Science: By a vote of 30-1, the SAC passed this $62.995 billion spending bill, which includes $305.5 million for Economic Development Administration; $5.48 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; $39 million for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; $3.82 billion for the Census Bureau; and $2.87 billion for state and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs; and
  • Legislative Branch: By a vote of 31-0, the SAC passed this $3.292 billion spending bill, which is focused on maintaining essential operations and security of the U.S. Capitol, Congress and support agencies.
House Passes 39 Bills Related to Combating Opioid Crisis
 
During the week of June 11, the House passed 39 separate bills related to combating the opioid crisis. The bills passed include the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018 (H.R. 5788), which gives additional tools to federal agencies and the U.S. Postal Service to curb international shipments of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids; the Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act (H.R. 5735), which sets aside low-income housing vouchers to help people recovering from opioid and other substance use disorders receive transitional housing services; and the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017 (H.R. 2851), which establishes a new category of synthetic opioids and other drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. Read more.
Senate Agriculture Committee Marks Up and Passes 2018 Farm Bill
 
On June 13, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed, by a vote of 20-1, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e., the 2018 Farm Bill; S. 3042), a bipartisan 5-year piece of legislation which encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The Committee approved 75 amendments to the bill and a section-by-section summary is available here. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that the Senate
"will turn to the farm bill before July Fourth." Read more.
T rump Announces CEQ Chair Nominee
 
On June 12, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mary Neumayr as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Since March 2017, Neumayr has served as CEQ chief of staff. Read more.