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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

Key House Democrats Introduce Sweeping Climate Plan

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., released a far-reaching climate proposal that would require economywide net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and mandate that utilities generate electricity from clean energy sources. The draft legislation, called the CLEAN Future Act, would create federal subsidies and also new standards for the electricity, transportation, industrial … 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

2020 Legislative Calendar

Congressional leaders have finalized the 2020 legislative calendar, which lists the days during the year when the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session. Click here to download your ready-to-print, one-page congressional calendar for 2020. Hang it on your wall all year long!  Although congressional leaders will make some changes to the calendar … Continue Reading

Recap: BakerHostetler’s 30th Annual Legislative Seminar

Last week, BakerHostetler celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Annual Legislative Seminar. This two-day premier policy showcase in Washington, D.C., allows clients to listen and interact firsthand with key members of the U.S. House and Senate. Led by Federal Policy team leader Mike Ferguson, the seminar featured senior lawmakers who shared a range of policy … 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. GOTTLIEB, HARGAN TO TESTIFY ON 2020 HEALTH BUDGET, PROGRAMS Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the No. 2 official at HHS will be on Capitol Hill this week testifying on the Trump administration’s proposed budget for fiscal … 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: Pharma industry CEOs testify before a Senate committee; House and Senate panels probe insulin prices; medical device tax suspension bills to be introduced; Gottlieb to testify before House panel; and more.… 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. We’re posting on Tuesday this week because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Highlights this week: Gottlieb warns FDA’s funds running low as shutdown continues; House Dems launch sweeping probe on drug prices, Senate approves … 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: how the partial government shutdown is affecting operations at the FDA; House Democrats take steps to defend the ACA; the House votes this week to renew emergency health response programs; new senators are added … 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

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 include a lame duck update on year-end health bills and tax provisions; lawmakers reacting to a federal judge ruling the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional; Sen. Hatch seeks to update Hatch-Waxman; health providers targeted … 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: Healthcare legislative priorities are caught up in a separate spending debate that could lead to a partial government shutdown; some GOP lawmakers push back on Trump’s Part B pilot program; a key Democrat says … Continue Reading

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

Democrats’ new majority in the House will bring the Trump administration’s past trade actions, as well as those under consideration, into sharper focus. Trade is shaping up to be a key issue heading into the 2020 election cycle, with President Donald Trump’s “protectionist” rhetoric aligning with that of progressive Democrats and at odds with lawmakers … Continue Reading

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

While much of the tech policy focus in 2019 will be centered on scrutinizing social media platforms and whether consumers’ privacy is being adequately protected, there also will be opportunities for bipartisan efforts to move key technology initiatives. Here are four things to know about how the 2018 elections will impact tech policy in 2019.… Continue Reading

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

When Republicans muscled the Tax Cut and Jobs Act through Congress in late 2017, all Democrats could do was howl from the sidelines. Procedurally, Republicans didn’t need Democrats’ support to approve the sweeping tax overhaul for corporations and individuals. When Democrats take the House majority in January, they will use their new investigative powers to … 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

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the federal policy team’s weekly preview, published each week when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Congress returns for its lame-duck session as Democrats look toward taking control of the House agenda in January. Democrats won a net gain of nearly 40 seats in last week’s midterm election, though the size of their … 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: Democrats’ takeover of the House will yield big changes for healthcare policy in 2019; several GOP lawmakers active in healthcare policy are defeated; pharma pushes for Part D changes in the lame duck; and … Continue Reading

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

The Democrats’ takeover of the House will hand a key committee gavel – and the power to issue subpoenas – to one of President Donald Trump’s fiercest critics. It also will trigger aggressive oversight of the Trump administration, especially its drive to defang the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and to roll back Dodd-Frank financial … 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

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: The Senate will give the final OK to opioids legislation, HHS gets full-year funding for the first time in forever, new bipartisan legislation would allow FDA to update labels on older generic drugs, and … Continue Reading
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