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The Weekly Hill Update

Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress hold floor votes. HEADLINES •  President Joe Biden will host top congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday seeking bipartisan common ground on large-scale infrastructure legislation. •  The House and Senate reconvene … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Legislative Response Phase 4

Congress in March approved three separate major bills responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – and work was not even finished on the third and largest bill before lawmakers began considering a possible “Phase 4” of the legislative response. The House and Senate are currently not planning any legislative activity before April 20, unless events dictate … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES •  After passing emergency funding to respond to the coronavirus, Washington is now turning to potential measures to bolster the economy – as equity markets opened Monday plummeting 7 percent before trading was halted. •  President Donald Trump will meet … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

CORONAVIRUS WORRIES CONTINUE AFTER EMERGENCY FUNDING BILL Congressional approval last week of emergency spending to address the coronavirus hasn’t allayed Capitol Hill’s concerns about preparedness and response as the impact of the virus in the United States rapidly escalates. Two lawmakers – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. – announced this weekend … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

CONGRESS SPEEDS TOWARD EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS FUNDING PACKAGE As novel coronavirus continues to sweep the globe, Congress and the White House are assembling a spending package with billions in emergency spending and new authorities to combat the crisis. Leaders hope to reach an agreement by as soon as this afternoon, which procedurally would allow the House … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES •  Coronavirus response is consuming Capitol Hill, as lawmakers race to complete an emergency supplemental spending bill. • President Donald Trump will meet with pharmaceutical executives and later visit the National Institutes of Health. •  Tuesday’s 14 primaries represent perhaps the … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

AZAR TO TESTIFY THIS WEEK BEFORE HOUSE, SENATE COMMITTEES Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faces a marathon week of testimony, appearing before four congressional committees to discuss his department’s fiscal 2021 budget. In addition to funding issues, Azar is likely to face questions on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Last … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Returning from a one-week recess, the House plans to take up legislation to address vaping, and the Senate will focus on nominations and abortion-related legislation. • President Donald Trump is in India visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. • Moderate … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

SURPRISE BILLING PROGRESS DRIVES THE WEEK Legislation to address surprise medical bills is moving forward this week, as two House committees mark up their own plans to protect patients. After progress stalled at the end of last year, the House Ways and Means Committee jump-started it by announcing it would move forward with its proposal. … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congressional committees will begin reviewing President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget, out today. • After acquitting Trump in his impeachment trial, the Senate will resume voting on his judicial nominees. • Democrats in New Hampshire will choose their … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Monday, the 2020 election begins as Iowa Democratic caucus-goers choose their nominee against President Donald Trump. • Tuesday, Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address. • Wednesday, the Senate will vote on the articles of impeachment against … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

SURPRISE BILLING FIX REGAINING TRACTION? Legislation to address unexpected bills for out-of-network medical care appears to be making a comeback, after a committee turf battle stalled its progress at the end of last year. House leaders want to pass a bill by May, when they intentionally created a deadline for several popular health programs that … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues amid new revelations that a forthcoming book from former National Security Advisor John Bolton will say that Trump told him that U.S. aid to Ukraine was tied to that country’s … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

CONCERNS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS GROW ON CAPITOL HILL As coronavirus cases continue to emerge in the United States and worldwide, lawmakers are seeking briefings from federal health officials about the outbreak that originated in China and what steps U.S. health agencies are taking to protect Americans. Five cases were confirmed in the United States, but there … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

NEW SENATOR JOINS HEALTH COMMITTEE Newly sworn-in Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., is the newest member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Loeffler took the oath of office last week, replacing retired Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., praised Loeffler as having the background and skills to “immediately become an … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • President Donald Trump will host a ceremony marking the signing of a trade agreement with China. • Speaker Nancy Pelosi is likely to send House-passed articles of impeachment of Trump to the Senate, after unsuccessfully seeking procedural concessions from … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

SPRING DEADLINE DRIVES 2020 HEALTH POLICY AGENDA Few policy issues consumed more political oxygen on Capitol Hill last year than prescription drug prices and surprise medical bills – but without significant legislative achievement on either. But Congress is going to try again, setting up a spring deadline to force action on key healthcare provisions. Despite … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress returns this week from a two-week holiday break. • President Donald Trump’s impeachment hangs in the balance amid a partisan standoff as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet decided when to transmit the House-approved articles to the Senate, … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress is aiming to wrap up the year by sending a large-scale funding and tax bill as well as a defense policy bill to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature. • The House will also vote on … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

ACA TAXES ON CHOPPING BLOCK IN YEAR-END BUDGET DEAL Congressional leaders are poised to announce an agreement today that would permanently repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes on medical device manufacturers, insurers and high-cost health plans as part of a spending package that would avoid a government shutdown later this week. If the tax … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

YEAR-END LEGISLATIVE OVERDRIVE This week is crunch time on a host of legislative priorities, and various health-related provisions hang in the balance. Lawmakers and staff worked all weekend negotiating on legislation to fund the government beyond next Friday’s deadline, when current funding expires. As the only true must-pass legislative vehicle before the end of the … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The year-end legislative push is accelerating as lawmakers seek to wrap up spending negotiations and other policy priorities this week. • The House Judiciary Committee continues its hearings into what will likely be articles of impeachment against President Donald … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress returns from Thanksgiving break with a full agenda, including working toward a funding bill to keep the government open beyond Dec. 20. • The House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump enters a new phase as public hearings move to … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

HEALTH PROVISIONS FACE UNCERTAINTY AS CONGRESS RETURNS FOR BUSY DECEMBER Congress returns to Washington this week after the Thanksgiving holiday with only 18 days before the government runs out of money – and that’s not even the most important issue lawmakers will face in what is shaping up as a cramped year-end calendar. In addition … Continue Reading
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