June 8, 2018
The House passed a fiscal 2019 spending package Friday that may actually make it to President Donald Trump’s desk and become the first spending bill signed into law on time since 2016.
The three-bill bundle funding energy programs, the VA and military projects passed on a bipartisan 235-179 vote. It now heads to the Senate, where it stands a chance of passing as well.
The House will vote on legislation aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic next week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday. The chamber will vote on dozens of bills over a period of two weeks. “This epidemic is destroying America, the fiber of who we are,” McCarthy said Wednesday in announcing the votes.
With public outrage growing over the rising costs of prescription drugs, Congress is targeting the middlemen they say are to blame.
Specifically, lawmakers are moving to ban “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacies from telling customers they can save money on a drug if they pay with cash instead of using their health insurance.