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This Week on the Hill, February 26 - March 2, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill today looking to regroup after a decidedly non-restful week-long recess that saw mounting pressure on issues ranging from gun control to immigration. The relatively long congressional work period will run through March 23, which is also when the current continuing resolution expires. First things first, however, as lawmakers in both chambers take up old business related to trauma funding judicial nominations.


The House will vote today on H.R. 880, the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths (MISSION ZERO) Act. The bill requires the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to award grants that would enable military trauma care providers and trauma teams to provide trauma care and related acute care at civilian trauma centers. The bill is expected to pass without controversy.

The House will also vote on H. Res. 443, a resolution recognizing the importance and need for trauma-informed care among existing federal programs and agencies, as well as measures seeking to coordinate research on congenital heart disease (H.R. 1222) and sickle cell disease (H.R. 2410) and the reauthorization of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dental health care grant programs (H.R. 2422).


The Senate convenes today at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of the nomination of Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. The vote appears to be relatively uncontroversial, given that she advanced from the Judiciary Committee with only two "nay" votes (from Democrats Kamala Harris [CA] and Cory Booker [NJ]). Once action is completed on Branch, senators will turn to the nomination of Russell Vought to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are expected to name the four Republicans and Four Democrats to a 16-member panel tasked with recommending changes to the federal budget process.


Tuesday, February 27


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "The Opioid Crisis: The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction." 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Ways and Means Committee markup of the "Views and Estimates on the FY2019 Federal Budget." 1:15 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee of House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Competition in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: The Proposed Merger of CVS Health and Aetna." 1:30 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Bldg.


Wednesday, February 28


Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities Balance Enforcement and Patient Safety." 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee markup of S.2434, the "Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018"; S.292, the "Childhood Cancer STAR Act"; S.2278, the "State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018"; S.1091, the "Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act." 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.


Thursday, March 1


Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System." 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.




Monday, February 26


National Academy of Medicine holds an event, "Building the Evidence Base for Improving Health Care: Contributions, Opportunities, and Priorities." 9:00 a.m.


The Alliance for Health Policy (AHP) holds a briefing on "Using State Flexibility to Improve Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports." 12:00 p.m., 902 Hart Bldg.


The Commonwealth Fund holds a conference call briefing, beginning at 1 p.m., on "What is Really Driving High Prescription Drug Costs and What Can Congress and the Administration do to Rein Them In?" 1:00 p.m.



Tuesday, February 27


The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) holds a discussion on "The Future Role of Government in Health Information Technology (IT) and Digital Health." 10:00 a.m., 1225 I St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, February28


The Northern Virginia Health Policy Forum hosts adiscussionon CMS' provider engagement in 2018 and the issuance of new Medicare cards.



Thursday, March 1


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds a forum on "Combating the Opioid Crisis: From Communities to the Capital." 8:30 a.m., 1615 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.


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