The Washington Report
May 22, 2019
House Approves Equality Act; Senate Passage Unlikely
On May 17, 2019, the House approved the Equality Act (H.R. 5) with a 236–173 vote. The bill would extend federal antidiscrimination protections to the LGBTQ community in federally funded programs, housing, employment, credit and other areas. The bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and for other purposes. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate and the White House has indicated it would not enact the measure.
The full text of H.R. 5 is available here.
House Passes Drug Pricing Bill With ACA Provisions
On May 16, 2019, the House passed with a 234–183 vote the Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act (H.R. 987). The legislation combines several bills aimed at reducing drug prices and among other provisions, reverses administration actions to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchanges. The bill moves to the Senate, where passage is uncertain.
The full text of H.R. 987 is available here.
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