The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 6/18/18


WEEK OF JUNE 18TH

MONDAY, JUNE 18TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3192 – CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) H.R. 4005 – Medicaid Reentry Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 5590 – Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)

4) H.R. 5687 – SOUND Disposal and Packaging Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

5) H.R. 5605 – Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Raul Ruiz / Energy and Commerce Committee)

6) H.R. 5796 – REACH OUT Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Energy and Commerce Committee)

7) H.R. 5801 – Medicaid PARTNERSHIP Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee)

8) H.R. 5811 – To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to post approval study requirements for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney / Energy and Commerce Committee)

9) H.R. 6042 – To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Energy and Commerce Committee)

10) H.R. 5773 – PASS Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Energy and Commerce Committee)

11) H.R. 5676 – SENIOR Communities Protection Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Energy and Commerce Committee)

12) H.R. 5723 – Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Ways and Means Committee)

13) H.R. 5774 – COACH Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee)

14) H.R. 5775 – PROPER Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

15) H.R. 6110 – Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski / Ways and Means Committee)

16) H.R. 4991 – Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Donovan / Homeland Security Committee)

17) H.R. 5762 – Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. James Langevin / Homeland Security Committee)

18) H.R. 4627 – Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Donovan / Homeland Security Committee)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House is scheduled to meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 5797 – IMD CARE Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mimi Walters / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. 6082 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. 6 – SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to Border Security and Immigration

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of June 18 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 6/18/18

IBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training | TheHill


As competition for high-skilled labor increases and as the U.S. economy reaches full employment, every effort must be made to close the skills gaps that many industries across all sectors face,” IBM and company wrote in its letter to the senators.

Source: IBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training | TheHill

Russia: Norway’s request for additional US Marines ‘will not remain without consequences’ | TheHill


The Russian Embassy in Norway called the request “clearly unfriendly, and it will not remain without consequences.”

“This makes Norway less predictable and could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilizing the situation in northern Europe,” the Russian Embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Source: Russia: Norway’s request for additional US Marines ‘will not remain without consequences’ | TheHill

Why “America First” Means “Europe United” | Social Europe

While Brexit itself is nothing to celebrate, the process has at least shown that Europe is strongest when it is challenged.

In fact, for many Europeans, the EU seems to have returned from the dead. Slowly but surely, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the bloc’s two most powerful leaders – have shown signs of coming together to pursue long-overdue EU-level reforms.

Source: Why “America First” Means “Europe United” • Social Europe

How Reuters reported the AT&T-Time Warner ruling first | Reuters


Reuters reporters Diane Bartz and David Shepardson stood in line from 7 a.m. that morning to secure two of the 27 seats reserved for reporters. Shepardson’s seat was the more advantageous of the two, nearer the aisle.

First, everyone in his courtroom was barred from having active electronic devices with them, and court officials tested each as people entered the court.

With those rules in mind, Reuters had another reporter, Ginger Gibson, outside the courtroom with a series of prepared alerts ready to transmit from her laptop covering a range of possible outcomes. Gibson was set up just outside the door where she could see a signal from Bartz or Shepardson telling her which alert to send.

Source: How Reuters reported the AT&T-Time Warner ruling first | Reuters

A northern Chinese powerhouse grapples with a slowdown as credit curbs hit | Reuters


Some state firms are defaulting or scrambling for funds to meet obligations and some lenders are refusing to lend to Tianjin companies, according to creditors, government sources and documents viewed by Reuters.

Tianjin’s problems also reflect growing strains on China’s economy as curbs on pollution, local government debt and shadow financing hit home. On Thursday, China said investment growth in May grew at the slowest rate in more than 22 years.

Source: A northern Chinese powerhouse grapples with a slowdown as credit curbs hit | Reuters

New York court dismisses Trump appeal in ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit | Reuters


The state’s Court of Appeals dismissed Trump’s request to halt Summer Zervos’ lawsuit for calling her a liar after she accused him of sexual misconduct.

It said the underlying ruling from which Trump was appealing was not a final ruling, warranting the appeal’s dismissal.

Source: New York court dismisses Trump appeal in ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit | Reuters

New York sues Trump and his charity over ‘self-dealing’ | Reuters


Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation and to ban Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and his daughter Ivanka from holding leadership roles in New York charities.

“Mr. Trump ran the Foundation according to his whim, rather than the law,” the lawsuit on.ny.gov/2lbdv0V said.

Source: New York sues Trump and his charity over ‘self-dealing’ | Reuters

Marx From Industrial To Present-Day Capitalism | Social Europe

Marx’ labor-based theory of value never worked.

Marx experimented with a theory of the falling rate of profit which led him to expect that the capitalist economy would stop growing soon; as a coeval of the first part of the 19th century he – like other economists of that time – could not imagine the tremendous multiplication of human needs and desires which would take place in the future, and create ever new incentives to invest, new profit opportunities and new employment.

Marx thought that the capitalist relations of production were quickly becoming obstacles preventing the further advancement of the means of production, including technological innovations. This way he underestimated the flexibility and changeability of capitalist relations, he missed the ability of capitalism to learn.

Source: Marx From Industrial To Present-Day Capitalism • Social Europe

Disadvantaged schools don’t need smaller classes—they need better teachers | Quartz


Great teachers have a huge impact on kids. Research has shown that students with highly effective teachers (those in the 90th percentile) learn 1.5 years’ worth of material in a year, while students with teachers in the 10th percentile learn just half a years’ worth of material in the same period.

“No other attribute of schools comes close to having this much influence on student achievement,” Eric Hanushek, an economist at Stanford University, told the Economist.

Source: Disadvantaged schools don’t need smaller classes—they need better teachers — Quartz