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This Week on the Hill, November 13 - November 17, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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HOUSE

The House convenes at 2 p.m. today for legislative business and is expected to consider a number of bills under suspension of rules, including a bill that would increase pay for former presidents. A busy week is expected in the lower chamber as House leadership plans to take up the Republican tax plan and the defense authorization bill.

The House Rules Committee will meet today to adopt rules that will govern debate on the $692.1 billion, 2,400-page National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes (but doesn’t provide) funding for national security programs. The bill was met with some GOP opposition last week due to a provision that would give the Pentagon authority to approve emergency use of certain medicines and medical devices that have not been approved by the FDA. Debate is expected to commence Tuesday afternoon.

The GOP tax bill makes its final stop in the Rules Committee Wednesday before making its way to the House floor. Aiming to have the changes to the tax code take effect in in the new year, Republicans have been working toward a goal of passing a tax overhaul through the House by Thanksgiving and through the entire Congress by year’s end. The goal is to have the 447-page bill on the House floor by Wednesday or Thursday – just two weeks after its introduction. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in interviews over the weekend that he doesn’t intend to make any significant changes to the bill before it reaches the floor.


SENATE

The Senate convenes at 4 p.m. to resume consideration of the nomination of Derek Kan to be undersecretary of Transportation for policy, with a confirmation vote around 5:30 p.m.

The Senate Finance Committee will begin marking up its version of the GOP tax overhaul today, a process that, like the House’s efforts last week, is expected to last several days. The committee members have their work cut out for them; initial estimates found that the bill would add to the deficit outside of the 10-year budget window, which violates reconciliation rules. Leadership aides have acknowledged that changes will be needed to ensure the bill is approved by the Senate parliamentarian.

At least four Republicans senators are undecided on the bill, citing various concerns: Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.

HEARINGS

 

Monday, November 13

 

Senate Finance Committee markup of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 3:00 p.m., 216 Hart Bldg.

 

Tuesday, November 14

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on gene editing technology. 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

 

Wednesday, November 15

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Subcommittee and Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee joint hearing on "Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In: Part Two." 10:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

 

Thursday, November 16

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "Encouraging Healthy Communities: Perspective from the Surgeon General." 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." 12:00 p.m., H-313, U.S. Capitol.

 

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS

 

Monday, November 13

 

The Alliance for Health Policy (AHP) holds a media news conference on "Navigating Next Steps on Payment Reform." 9:00 a.m. National Press Club, 14th and F St. NW, Zenger Room, Washington, D.C.

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion on "The opioid crisis: What can Congress do?" 10:00 a.m., 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: http://www.aei.org/events/the-opioid-crisis-what-can-congress-do-a-conversation-with-house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce-chairman-greg-walden-r-or/

 

Tuesday, November 14

 

Real Clear Politics holds a discussion on "Examining the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from Production to Patient." 8:00 a.m., 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/examining-the-pharmaceutical-supply-chain-from-production-to-patient-tickets-39183937211

The Commonwealth Fund holds a conference call briefing, beginning at 1:30 p.m., to discuss a new 11-country survey comparing how U.S. seniors fare under Medicare compared to other nations with universal coverage. 1:30 p.m.

RSVP: Vicki Goutzoulis at 310-280-5750 vgoutzoulis@burness.com

 

Wednesday, November 15

 

The Brookings Institution and the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy hold the annual "Wall Street Comes to Washington Roundtable," focusing on the broad trends in the health care system. 9:00 a.m. Top of the Hill Conference Center, Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: http://www.paramountcommunication.com/hs/registration.html

The Cato Institute holds a discussion on "Liberating Telemedicine," focusing on the requirement that physicians obtain licenses from each state in which their patients are located. 12:00 p.m., 2075 Rayburn Bldg.

RSVP: https://ssl.cato.org:8443/catopublic/#MtgDetail/00001135 livestream at https://www.cato.org/live

 

Thursday, November 16

 

America’s Health Insurance Plans: Holds a webinar: "Amgen Approach to Value-Based Partnerships." 2:00 p.m.

Watch: https://www.ahip.org/events/amgen-approach-to-value-based-partnerships/


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