STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 116
(Senate - July 11, 2019)

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          STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

      By Mr. DURBIN (for himself, Mr. Cramer, and Ms. Smith):
  S. 2103. A bill to improve access to affordable insulin; to the 
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of 
the bill be printed in the Record.
  There being no objection, the text of the bill was ordered to be 
printed in the Record, as follows:

                                S. 2103

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled,

     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

       This Act may be cited as the ``Affordable Insulin Approvals 
     Now Act''.

     SEC. 2. DEEMED APPROVAL UNDER SECTION 351.

       Section 7002(e)(4) of the Biologics Price Competition and 
     Innovation Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-148) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``An amended'' and inserting the following:
       ``(A) In general.--An amended''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) Treatment of certain pending applications.--With 
     respect to an application for an insulin biological product 
     submitted under subsection (b)(2) or (j) of section 505 of 
     the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355) with 
     a filing date that is not later than December 31, 2019, until 
     the Secretary makes a determination on final approval with 
     respect to such application, the Secretary shall continue to 
     review and approve (as appropriate) such application under 
     such section 505, even if such review and approval process 
     continues after March 23, 2020. For purposes of completing 
     the review and approval process for such an application, any 
     listed drug referenced in the application shall be treated as 
     a listed drug under section 505(j)(7) of the Federal Food, 
     Drug, and Cosmetic Act, even if such listed drug is deemed 
     licensed under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act 
     during such review and approval process. Effective on the 
     later of March 23, 2020, or the date of approval under 
     subsection (c) or (j) of section 505 of the Federal Food, 
     Drug, and Cosmetic Act of any such application, such approved 
     application shall be deemed to be a license for the 
     biological product under section 351 of the Public Health 
     Service Act.''.
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      By Mr. DURBIN (for himself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Brown, Mr. 
        Blumenthal, Mr. Markey, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Murray, Mr. 
        Carper, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Hirono, and Mr. Kaine):
  S. 2106. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit 
smoking on the premises of any facility of the Veterans Health 
Administration, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Veterans' 
Affairs.
  Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of 
the bill be printed in the Record.
  There being no objection, the text of the bill was ordered to be 
printed in the Record, as follows:

                                S. 2106

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled,

     SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON SMOKING IN FACILITIES OF THE 
                   VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION.

       (a) Prohibition.--
       (1) In general.--Section 1715 of title 38, United States 
     Code, is amended to read as follows:

     ``Sec. 1715. Prohibition on smoking in facilities of the 
       Veterans Health Administration

       ``(a) Prohibition.--No person (including any veteran, 
     patient, resident, employee of the Department, contractor, or 
     visitor) may smoke on the premises of any facility of the 
     Veterans Health Administration.
       ``(b) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `facility of the Veterans Health 
     Administration' means any land or building (including any 
     medical center, nursing home, domiciliary facility, 
     outpatient clinic, or center that provides readjustment 
     counseling) that is--
       ``(A) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans 
     Affairs;
       ``(B) under the control of the Veterans Health 
     Administration; and
       ``(C) not under the control of the General Services 
     Administration.
       ``(2) The term `smoke' includes--
       ``(A) the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and any other 
     combustion or heating of tobacco; and
       ``(B) the use of any electronic nicotine delivery system, 
     including electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-
     cigars.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of subchapter II of chapter 17 of such title is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 1715 and 
     inserting the following new item:

``1715. Prohibition on smoking in facilities of the Veterans Health 
              Administration.''.

       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 526 of the Veterans 
     Health Care Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-585; 38 U.S.C. 1715 
     note) is repealed.
       (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     take effect on October 1, 2019.

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