Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Bills Introduced – 9-27-21

Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in session there were 33 bills introduced. One of those bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 5376 To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 14. Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]

Knowing that at least one committee (House Science, Space, and Technology Committee) included cybersecurity spending in their portion of the bill, I will be watching this long (2,468 pages) bill for additional cybersecurity coverage.

Odd side note: Speaker Pelosi (D,CA) and the House Democratic Leadership have been calling this the ‘Build Back Better’ bill for weeks; that title is not included in the bill. We are stuck with the awkward “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 14.”. Yeah, everyone (okay, at least the supporters) is still going to call this the 'Build Back Better Bill'. "4B or not 4B, that is the questions". Sorry could not help myself.

Interestingly, the House held an unscheduled pro forma session on Sunday, presumably for the purpose of introducing this bill, but it was not apparently ready for introduction then, as the House Budget Committee held their final markup of the bill on Saturday. There was one bill introduced (HR 5374), but it was not of interest here.

BTW: I do want to mention another bill in passing that was introduced yesterday. I will probably not be following the bill in this blog, but it may have some rather interesting implications. That bill is:

HR 5388 To establish a strategic active pharmaceutical ingredient reserve to maintain a domestic supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients and key starting materials needed for the manufacturing of essential generic medicines, and to build a pipeline for domestic active pharmaceutical ingredient production. Rep. Spanberger, Abigail Davis [D-VA-7]

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