The Polis Pulse



Balance of Power
Probabilities from Prediction Market betting odds
Senate
45
53
0 vacancies
Win in 2020
36%
64%
House
238
199
7 vacancies
Win in 2020
72%
28%
President
Donald Trump

Finishes term
70%
Win in 2020
46%
Approval
42%
Supreme Court
SCOTUS
Nonpartisan

Ginsburg
74%
Thomas
18%


Active Legislation
H.J.RES.77
Sponsors Dem: 40 Rep: 24
Introduced Oct. 15
Passed House Oct. 16

Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.

Health - H.R.3
Sponsors Dem: 57 Rep: 0
Introduced Sep. 19

To establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum for Medicare part D enrollees, and for other purposes.


Summary
Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 This bill establishes several programs and requirements relating to the prices of prescription drugs. In particular, the bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate prices for certain drugs (current law prohibits the CMS from doing so). Specifically, the CMS must negotiate maximum prices for (1) insulin products; and (2) at least 25 single source, brand name drugs that do not have generic competition and that are among the 125 drugs that account for the greatest national spending or the 125 drugs that account for the greatest spending under the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Medicare Advantage (MA). The negotiated prices must be offered under Medicare and MA, and may also be offered under private health insurance unless the insurer opts out. The negotiated maximum price may not exceed (1) 120% of the average price in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom; or (2) if such information is not available, 85% of the U.S. average manufacturer price. Drug manufacturers that fail to comply with the bill's negotiation requirements are subject to civil and tax penalties. The bill also makes a series of additional changes to Medicare prescription drug coverage and pricing. Among other things, the bill (1) requires drug manufacturers to issue rebates to the CMS for covered drugs that cost $100 or more and for which the average manufacturer price increases faster than inflation; and (2) reduces the annual out-of-pocket spending threshold, and eliminates beneficiary cost-sharing above this threshold, under the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
H.R.3329
Sponsors Dem: 45 Rep: 6
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Oct. 16

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair, California, as the "Paul Eaton Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair, California, as the "Paul Eaton Post Office Building."
Environmental Protection - S.J.RES.53
Sponsors Dem: 21 Rep: 0
Introduced Sep. 09

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations".


Summary
This joint resolution nullifies the Environmental Protection Agency's rule that repealed the Clean Power Plan, which established emission guidelines for states to follow in limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants; finalized the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which replaced the Clean Power Plan with emission guidelines for states to use when developing plans to limit carbon dioxide; and revised requirements that govern the process under which the EPA and states develop emission standards for pollutants emitted by existing stationary sources.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3207
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 9
Introduced Jun. 11
Passed House Oct. 16

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 114 Mill Street in Hookstown, Pennslyvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 114 Mill Street in Hookstown, Pennslyvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin Post Office Building."
Commerce - H.R.4405
Sponsors Dem: 14 Rep: 3
Introduced Sep. 19

To amend the Small Business Act to improve the women's business center program, and for other purposes.

S.2644
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 7
Introduced Oct. 17

A bill to impose sanctions with respect to Turkey, and for other purposes.

S.2258
Sponsors Dem: 7 Rep: 2
Introduced Jul. 24
Passed Senate Oct. 17

A bill to provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3152
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 7
Introduced Jun. 06
Passed House Oct. 16

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Richard G. Lugar Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Richard G. Lugar Post Office."
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3314
Sponsors Dem: 5 Rep: 3
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Oct. 16

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 McCulloch Boulevard North in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as the "Lake Havasu City Combat Veterans Memorial Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 McCulloch Boulevard North in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as the "Lake Havasu City Combat Veterans Memorial Post Office Building."
Commerce - H.R.4387
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 3
Introduced Sep. 18

To establish Growth Accelerator Fund Competition within the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.

Commerce - H.R.4407
Sponsors Dem: 3 Rep: 1
Introduced Sep. 19

To amend the Small Business Act to reauthorize the SCORE program, and for other purposes.

Commerce - H.R.4406
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 3
Introduced Sep. 19

To amend the Small Business Act to improve the small business development centers program, and for other purposes.

S.RES.364
Sponsors Dem: 4 Rep: 0
Introduced Oct. 17

A resolution congratulating the Washington Mystics on winning the 2019 Women's National Basketball Association championship.

S.RES.365
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Oct. 17

A resolution designating October 16, 2019, and October 16, 2020, as "World Food Day".

Immigration - S.J.RES.54
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Sep. 10
Passed House Sep. 27
Passed Senate Sep. 25
Vetoed Oct. 15

A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.


Summary
This joint resolution terminates the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, declared by the President on February 15, 2019.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3889
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jul. 23
Passed House Oct. 16

To amend the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 to make technical corrections.

Enacted Legislation
Health - H.R.1058
Sponsors Dem: 127 Rep: 46
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Jul. 24
Passed Senate Sep. 19
Enacted Sep. 30

To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism, and for other purposes.

Finance and Financial Sector - S.239
Sponsors Dem: 37 Rep: 45
Introduced Jan. 28
Passed House Sep. 19
Passed Senate Jul. 09
Enacted Oct. 09

A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe.


Summary
Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 (Sec. 3) This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue not more than 350,000 $1 silver coins in commemoration of Christa McAuliffe, a teacher tragically killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. (Sec. 4) The design of the coins shall bear an image and the name of Christa McAuliffe on the obverse side and a design on the reverse side that depicts the legacy of McAuliffe as a teacher. (Sec. 5) Treasury may issue the coins from January 1-December 31, 2021. (Sec. 7) All surcharges received by Treasury from the sale of the coins shall be paid to the FIRST robotics program for the purpose of engaging and inspiring young people, through mentor-based programs, to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.2938
Sponsors Dem: 35 Rep: 3
Introduced May. 23
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01
Enacted Aug. 23

To exempt from the calculation of monthly income certain benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1250
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 22
Introduced Feb. 14
Passed House Jul. 17
Passed Senate Jul. 30
Enacted Aug. 23

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the "Lucas Lowe Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the "Lucas Lowe Memorial Post Office."
Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.2336
Sponsors Dem: 18 Rep: 9
Introduced Apr. 18
Passed House Jul. 25
Passed Senate Aug. 01
Enacted Aug. 23

To amend title 11, United States Code, with respect to the definition of "family farmer".

Transportation and Public Works - H.R.3245
Sponsors Dem: 15 Rep: 11
Introduced Jun. 13
Passed House Jul. 24
Passed Senate Jul. 31
Enacted Aug. 23

To transfer a bridge over the Wabash River to the New Harmony River Bridge Authority and the New Harmony and Wabash River Bridge Authority, and for other purposes.

Health - H.R.776
Sponsors Dem: 12 Rep: 7
Introduced Jan. 24
Passed House Jul. 24
Passed Senate Jul. 31
Enacted Aug. 22

To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.


Summary
Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 This bill reauthorizes through FY2024 the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, which is a grant program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The program focuses on improving emergency health care for children who are seriously ill or injured.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1449
Sponsors Dem: 13 Rep: 5
Introduced Feb. 28
Passed House Apr. 30
Passed Senate Jul. 30
Enacted Aug. 21

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the "Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the "Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office."
Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.1200
Sponsors Dem: 8 Rep: 6
Introduced Feb. 13
Passed House May. 21
Passed Senate Sep. 12
Enacted Sep. 26

To increase, effective as of December 1, 2019, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Government Operations and Politics - H.R.3305
Sponsors Dem: 6 Rep: 4
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 17
Passed Senate Jul. 30
Enacted Aug. 21

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the "Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building".


Summary
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the "Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building."
Emergency Management - H.R.1590
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 6
Introduced Mar. 07
Passed House Apr. 01
Passed Senate Sep. 24
Enacted Oct. 09

To require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes.


Summary
Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2019 This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop and conduct an exercise related to the detection and prevention of terrorist and foreign fighter travel. The bill requires the national exercise program (a program to test and evaluate the national preparedness goal, National Incident Management System, National Response Plan, and other related plans and strategies) to include emerging threats.
Government Operations and Politics - H.R.1079
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Feb. 07
Passed House Feb. 11
Passed Senate Jul. 31
Enacted Aug. 22

To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on electronic consent forms, and for other purposes.

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.3304
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 2
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01
Enacted Aug. 23

To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.

Finance and Financial Sector - H.R.3311
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Jun. 18
Passed House Jul. 23
Passed Senate Aug. 01
Enacted Aug. 23

To amend chapter 11 of title 11, United States Code, to address reorganization of small businesses, and for other purposes.

Transportation and Public Works - H.R.831
Sponsors Dem: 2 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 29
Passed House Feb. 06
Passed Senate Sep. 09
Enacted Sep. 22

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for and make determinations regarding roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, and for other purposes.


Summary
Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019 (Sec. 2) This bill requires the Department of Transportation to issue a request for nominations with respect to roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program and make publicly available a list specifying the roads designated.
Emergency Management - H.R.639
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 17
Passed House Apr. 08
Passed Senate Jul. 31
Enacted Aug. 22

To amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.


Summary
This bill amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to specify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include federal employees.
Armed Forces and National Security - H.R.4285
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 2
Introduced Sep. 11
Passed House Sep. 18
Passed Senate Sep. 23
Enacted Sep. 30

To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Environmental Protection - S.163
Sponsors Dem: 0 Rep: 1
Introduced Jan. 16
Passed House Sep. 17
Passed Senate May. 20
Enacted Oct. 04

A bill to prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices, and for other purposes.


Summary
Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act This bill directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise certain regulations regarding particulate matter emissions standards for nonemergency stationary diesel engines in remote areas of Alaska. The EPA must report on methods for assisting remote areas of Alaska in meeting specified energy needs.
Environmental Protection - S.1689
Sponsors Dem: 1 Rep: 0
Introduced May. 23
Passed House Sep. 17
Passed Senate Sep. 09
Enacted Oct. 04

A bill to permit States to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State in certain circumstances, and for other purposes.


Summary
This bill allows—for one year—a state to transfer amounts from its clean water state revolving fund to its drinking water state revolving fund in order to address a threat to public health as a result of heightened exposure to lead in drinking water. Specifically, a state may transfer no more than 5% of the cumulative amount of the federal grant dollars awarded for its clean water state revolving fund to its drinking water state revolving fund.
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