Bipartisan Legislation Introduced This Week Part of Final Appropriations Bills Signed Into Law
Just after Midnight on Saturday morning, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s political Twitter account sent out the following tweet:
On Tuesday of this past week, Underwood along with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09) and Congressmen Brett Guthrie (R, KY-02), and Mike Kelly (R, PA-16) introduced H.R. 5444, which was labeled in press releases as the “Lower Insulin Costs Now Act”.
With the flurry of activities to pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations/spending/funding bills to avert a government shutdown today, budget negotiations concluded early this past week, and all appropriations bills were approved by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Trump.
To be clear, H.R. 5444 was not signed into law, but the language in the legislation was included in H.R. 1865, one of the three appropriations bills signed into law on Friday.
To our knowledge, this is Congresswoman Underwood’s first legislation she sponsored which became law through, albeit through the appropriations process.
Many new laws, as part of the appropriations bills legislation, were established and they’ll become apparent in the coming weeks.
In addition to the insulin legislation, the minimum age to purchase tobacco/vaping products was raised to 21 through this week’s flurry of completing FY2020 appropriations/government funding bills.
And the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790) established the United States Space Force, the sixth branch of the United States Military.
Underwood Tuesday, 12/17, press release introducing the legislation: https://underwood.house.gov/media/press-releases/underwood-schakowsky-guthrie-kelly-introduce-new-bipartisan-legislation-lower