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This Week on the Hill, March 19 - March 23, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The House convenes today at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Bills under consideration include energy conservation rules for ceiling fans (S 2030), authorization for cyber incident response teams at DHS (HR 5074), and others.

House Republicans failed to release their long-awaited FY 2018 omnibus spending package last week. As a result, both chambers have until Friday at midnight to release, amend, and vote on the $1.2 trillion funding measure before the government shuts down. Decisions on policy issues, including family planning grants and “conscience” objections for health care workers who don’t want to perform abortions, have reportedly held up the release of the final text. The Labor-HHS bill is expected to include renewed cost-sharing subsidy payments and funds for state reinsurance programs to bolster the health insurance marketplace.

The House could also vote this week on a bill (HR 5247) that seeks to give patients the “Right to Try” experimental drugs. A vote last week fell just short of the two-thirds threshold needed to pass under suspension of rules. This week’s vote, expected on Wednesday and conducted under regular order, would only require a simple majority. The Senate passed a version of the bill (S 204) by voice vote last August.



The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. today to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the bill (HR 1865) related to online sex trafficking. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Following the vote on confirmation, the Senate will vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 1865.




Monday, March 19


The House Rules Committee holds a markup of H.R. 5247, known as the Right-to-Try Act, which would allow terminally ill patients to request access to experimental drugs without going through the FDA. 5:00 p.m., H-313 Capitol Bldg.


Tuesday, March 20


Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on "Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor's Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans." 10:00 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Role in Combating the Opioid Epidemic." 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.


Wednesday, March 20


Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions." 9:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Bills under consideration:

  • HR 5002 — Advancing Cutting Edge (ACE) Research Act
  • HR 5140 — Tribal Addiction and Recovery (TARA) Act
  • HR 5197 — A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in emergency departments.
  • HR 5009 — Jessie's Law
  • HR 5176 — A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide coordinated care to patients who have experienced a non-fatal overdose after emergency room discharge, and for other purposes.
  • HR 449 — Synthetic Drug Awareness Act
  • HR 5272 — A bill to ensure that programs and activities that are funded by a grant, cooperative agreement, loan, or loan guarantee from the Department of Health and Human Services, and whose purpose is to prevent or treat a mental health or substance use disorder, are evidence-based.
  • HR 5102 — Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act
  • HR 5261 — A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for regional centers of excellence in substance use disorder education, and for other purposes.



Thursday, March 21


Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions." 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Note: Continued from March 20

Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "Implementation of MACRA's (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) Physician Payment Policies." 2:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.





Monday, March 19


The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation holds a webinar on "The Opioid Crisis: Treating Addiction and Saving Lives." 1:00 p.m.


Altarum‘s Center for Value in Health Care holds a discussion on “The Value of Health: Measuring the Economic Impacts of Prevention, Treatment and Social Determinants.“ 2:00 p.m.



Tuesday, March 20


Friends of Cancer Research holds a congressional briefing on "Safeguarding the Public Health: Enhancing Information About Prescription Drugs." 2:00 p.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.



Thursday, March 22


The Woodrow Wilson Center's (WWC) Maternal Health Initiative holds a discussion on "Balancing the Burden of Care: Impact of Policies on Productivity," focusing on the role of women as health care providers. 10:30 a.m., WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C.


The University of Minnesota, Tufts University, the University of California Davis and EcoHealth Alliance hold a congressional briefing on "Emerging Pandemic Threats: A Global Health Approach to Promoting National Security." 12:00 p.m., 2043 Rayburn Bldg.


The Alliance for Health Policy and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation hold a webinar, beginning at 1:30 p.m., on "Competition and Consolidation: Understanding Recent Trends in the Health Care Market." 1:30 p.m.


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