Senate 2019 (First Session)
5.Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. (H.R. 3877) On passage of an amendment: Limits all federal spending, including on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and Older Americans Act programs, in fiscal years 2020 through 2029. In addition, increases the public debt limit on the condition that Congress refers to the states for ratification a “balanced budget” amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Under a balanced budget amendment, total government expenditures in any year – including expenditures for Social Security benefits – could not exceed total revenues collected in the same year. The measure could significantly harm the economy, result in a government default, and force severe cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other vital federal programs. Senate Roll Call #260, August 1, 2019. Rejected: 23-70. National Committee position: No.
6.Providing for congressional disapproval of health insurance coverage rule. (S.J. Res 52) On passage of the joint resolution: Prohibits implementation of the Health and Human Services and Treasury departments’ rule to allow states to offer less comprehensive Affordable Care Act marketplace health insurance. As a result, pre-existing condition protections would be undermined and vulnerable populations would pay higher insurance premiums. Preventing this rule from taking effect would be particularly helpful to the 40 percent of enrollees age 50 to 64 who have one or more pre-existing conditions. S.J. Res 52 is similar to H.R. 986 (see House Roll Call #196, May 9, 2019). Senate Roll Call #337, October 30, 2019. Rejected: 43–52. National Committee position: Yes.
7.Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Defense, State-Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. (H.R. 2740) On a motion to limit debate and vote on the fiscal 2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, Energy-Water, and State-Foreign Operations spending package. The Labor-HHS appropriations section increased funding by less than 1 percent over fiscal year 2019. This small increase would not have kept pace with inflation, or the increased demand placed on seniors programs resulting from the ten-thousand 65-year-olds retiring every day. Senate Roll Call #342, October 31, 2019. Rejected: 51–41 (60 votes required for passage). National Committee position: No.