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Bill Introductions Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday March 22, 2020 ( 8 items )  

Rep. Bonamici Introduces Bill to Provide Services During Coronavirus Public Health Emergency
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6300) to "provide that under the Older Americans Act of 1965 the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman shall have continuing direct access (or other access through the use of technology) to residents of long-term care facilities to provide services during any portion of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) that occurs in fiscal year 2020."   more

Rep. Jackson Lee Introduces Bill to Compensate Small Business Concerns for Substantial Economic Injury
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 6292) to "establish the Office of Coronavirus COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grants in the Small Business Administration to compensate certain small business concerns for substantial economic injury." The bill was introduced on March 19. It was jointly referred to the House Small Business and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. For more information, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, 2079 Rayburn House  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Bill to Maintain List of Country of Origin of All Drugs Marketed in U.S
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has introduced legislation (S. 3537) to "require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to maintain a list of the country of origin of all drugs marketed in the U.S., to ban the use of Federal funds for the purchase of drugs manufactured in China." The bill was introduced on March 19 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. To  more

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill on Reciprocal Marketing Approval of Drugs, Biological Products
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 3545) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act "to provide for reciprocal marketing approval of certain drugs, biological products, and devices that are authorized to be lawfully marketed abroad." The bill was introduced on March 19 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Mike Braun, R-Ind. It was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. For more information, Sen.   more

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Waive High Deductible Health Plan Requirements for Health Savings Accounts
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 3546) to waive high deductible health plan requirements for health savings accounts. The bill was introduced on March 19 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. Ted Cruz, 127-A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510; 202/224-5922; or in the state at 300 E. 8th, Ste. 961, Austin, TX 78701; 512/916-5834; Lee Park Tower II,  more

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Waive Limitations on Expansion of Facility Capacity
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 3547) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to waive limitations on expansion of facility capacity under rural provider and hospital exception to ownership or investment prohibition during coronavirus 2020 emergency period." The bill was introduced on March 19 and was co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, James Lankford, R-Okla., Mike Braun, R-Ind., and James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. It was referred to th  more

Sen. Moran Introduces Bill on Programs of Education Converted to Distance Learning
WASHINGTON, March 18 -- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has introduced legislation (S. 3503) to "authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to treat certain programs of education converted to distance learning by reason of emergencies and health-related situations in the same manner as programs of education pursued at educational institutions." The bill was introduced on March 16 and has 29 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,   more

Sen. Thune Introduces Bill to Extend Due Date for Return, Payment of Federal Income Taxes
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced legislation (S. 3535) to "extend the due date for the return and payment of Federal income taxes to July 15, 2020, for taxable year 2019." The bill was introduced on March 19 and has 28 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, Richard Burr, R-N.C., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, Margaret Wood Hassan, D-N.H., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Mike  more