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Democrats Face Key Test Vote on COVID-19 Relief Bill

House Democrats plan to vote as soon as Friday on their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a key initial hurdle as they race to renew federal unemployment benefits, provide stimulus checks to millions of Americans and inject billions of dollars to speed the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations. The bill is expected to win narrow House … Continue Reading

Daunting Deadlines: Congress’ To-Do List on Expiring Laws

While Washington is rushing to enact COVID-19 funding before the mid-March expiration of enhanced federal unemployment benefits, lawmakers face a host of upcoming policy deadlines that will require congressional action. House and Senate Democrats hope to address some of these deadlines in the next coronavirus relief bill, but other provisions will be addressed in other … Continue Reading

Reconciliation Primer: Democrats March Toward COVID-19 Relief Bill

The Senate on Friday took the first step toward advancing filibuster-proof legislation that congressional Democrats hope to enact by mid-March that would include $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and other policy priorities. Democrats are using a procedural tool called reconciliation to advance their COVID-19 package. Here’s an overview of the process and Democrats’ plans. Process … Continue Reading

Congress Grants SEC New Authority in Securities Fraud Cases

Congress voted to give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sweeping new authority to prosecute violations by creating a 10-year statute of limitations for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from securities fraud. A 1934 law had limited the SEC to seek disgorgement as a civil remedy only in administrative proceedings. But the … Continue Reading

2021 BakerHostetler Congressional Calendar

Congressional leaders finalized the 2021 legislative calendar, which lists the days during the year when the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session, as well as days when House committees are scheduled to hold hearings but with no floor votes scheduled. Click here to download your ready-to-print, one-page combination House and Senate calendar for 2021. … Continue Reading

Congress Targets $2.3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief, Government Funding Package

Congress is scheduled to wrap up legislative business only days before Christmas by voting on a $2.3 trillion package of COVID-19 relief and government spending amid reports that coronavirus infections are spiking nationwide and as the first vaccines are being distributed. The legislation – the product of furious last-minute negotiations that stalled passage for days … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Congress’ Risk to Public Companies

Companies large and small are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including understanding the emerging economic risks that could affect their profits, their operations and even their very existence. Add another burden to public companies’ growing roster of risks: Congress. As lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare additional legislative responses to the crisis, there … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: $1 Trillion Stimulus Next Up

The Senate is beginning to draft what likely will be the largest emergency relief and fiscal stimulus legislation in the country’s history – more than $1 trillion – to address the mushrooming coronavirus pandemic. The heart of the emerging plan will be as much as $500 billion in rebate checks to individuals and households, likely … Continue Reading

WASHINGTON: 5 THINGS TO WATCH IN 2020

1. 2020: More of the same or next-level craziness? Despite a series of near-cataclysmic political events throughout 2019 – from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to President Donald Trump’s impeachment – the overall political environment remained largely stable during the year. For example, at … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. DRUG PRICES: CONGRESS RETURNS, PICKS UP WHERE LAWMAKERS LEFT OFF Congress reconvenes today after a two-week spring recess, with lawmakers in both parties continuing their focus on prescription drug prices. House and Senate committees are planning a … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. HOUSE PANEL TO VOTE ON BIPARTISAN DRUG PRICING MEASURE The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation that contains several prescription drug pricing provisions, including requiring pharmacy benefit managers to disclose details … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. Highlights this week: shutdown risk increases as talks stall; Gottlieb’s Hill testimony postponed; more bills targeting drug prices introduced; hearing focuses on bolstering ACA; and more.… Continue Reading

Mueller, 2020 Politics Undermine Efforts at Bipartisanship in 2019

Fresh-from-the-campaign idealism will collide with old-fashioned partisanship on Capitol Hill today as more than 100 first-time lawmakers are sworn in and the 116th Congress is gaveled into session. As if Republicans and Democrats needed more reasons to fuel the partisan standoff that has dominated Washington in recent years and led to the current partial government … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each week when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress continues its lame-duck session after last week’s Thanksgiving recess and with only eight legislative days ahead before funding for nearly 40 percent of the government expires. • House lawmakers are focused on organizational matters for the … Continue Reading

Four Things to Know: What the Election Results Mean for Infrastructure Policy

House Democrats will use their majority next year to push comprehensive legislation to increase infrastructure spending and transportation-related taxes to help pay for it. In fact, key Democrats say they want to move a bill out of the House early in 2019 before Washington becomes consumed by the 2020 presidential campaign (at least 10 current … Continue Reading

Five Things to Know: What the Election Results Mean for Healthcare Policy

Democrats’ slender majority in the House next year will have an outsized impact on healthcare policy and healthcare stakeholders in 2019 and beyond. From potential bipartisan deals on prescription drug prices to Democrats’ “shock and awe” oversight agenda, here are five things to know about what the 2018 midterm election results mean for healthcare policy … Continue Reading

Legislative Webinar: Narrow Pathway for Bipartisanship in 2019

A Democrat-controlled House and a Republican majority in the Senate – with President Donald Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue – is likely a recipe for gridlock next year on Capitol Hill, according to two former congressmen. Former Reps. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J., and Heath Shuler, D-N.C., said there are narrow opportunities for bipartisanship … Continue Reading

Divided Country Votes for Divided Congress

Democrats capitalized on President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in suburban districts to capture the House majority, but the president helped turn out Republican voters in states he won two years ago to add to the GOP’s Senate majority. Democrats needed to win a net of 23 House seats to gain control, and as of early Wednesday, … Continue Reading

Midterm Election Preview Webinar

Will Republicans lose their majority in the House in next month’s midterm elections but gain seats in the Senate? Can Democrats sweep and win both the House and Senate? Or will Republicans defy the odds – and history – by maintaining their congressional majorities? We’ll discuss all the key House and Senate campaigns, the latest … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each week when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • After the partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate this week will take up a water infrastructure bill and then consider nominees to Executive Branch agencies. • President Donald Trump on Tuesday has lunch … Continue Reading

House Votes Today on ‘Tax Reform 2.0,’ But Senate Action Unlikely Before Elections

The House today is likely to approve legislation to make permanent the individual and small-business tax cuts that Congress enacted in 2017, but the Senate won’t consider the measure before the November midterm elections. Today’s vote is part of a three-bill package of tax relief dubbed “Tax Reform 2.0.” The House on Thursday approved legislation by Rep. … Continue Reading

House Panel Examines Sports Betting in Wake of Court Ruling

Four months after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning states from authorizing sports betting, a House panel Thursday will examine how states are legalizing gambling on football, baseball and other sporting events. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations also will discuss whether there is an appropriate role … Continue Reading

Trump: I Won’t Shut Down the Government (Yet)

The House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a fiscal 2019 spending bill covering 70 percent of the government’s discretionary operations, and President Donald Trump said he would sign it into law – temporarily avoiding a partisan fight that could lead to a government shutdown. The sweeping spending package includes full-year funding for the … Continue Reading
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