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This Week on the Hill, January 28 - February 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House returns this week with the looming threat of another government shutdown in just three short weeks. The continuing resolution signed by President Trump on Friday funds roughly a quarter of the government through February 15, giving Congress 19 days to reach a deal in the months-long fight over the president's desired wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
A bipartisan conference committee, which includes appropriations committee members from both chambers, is already working to hash out a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies.
On Monday, the House convened at 12:00 p.m. and held votes under suspension of the rules on corporate transparency, human trafficking, and financial technology. The chamber meets Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to consider seven bills under suspension of the rules, including bills that provide funding and resources for Homeland Security at the local level. Later in the week, the House will consider a bill (H.R. 790) from Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) that would provide a pay increase for federal workers.




The Senate convened Monday at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act. A cloture vote was held on the measure and the chamber is expected to act on the bill Tuesday after 10:00 a.m.



On Friday, President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government through February 15 after he and congressional leaders agreed to continue negotiations over funding for border security and the president’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The deal he reached with congressional leaders contains no new money for the wall but ends the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
Meanwhile, federal workers returned to work this week – many facing a 35-day backlog of unfinished work. The Trump administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a “prompt and orderly manner” and said furloughed employees can return to work immediately. Most employees returned to work on Monday.
The biggest health agency idled by the partial government shutdown has a hefty to-do list now that it can again accept new drug and medical device submissions along with billions of dollars of industry fees that fund product reviews. At least three dozen new drug applications submitted before the shutdown await decisions in the next three months, and with only three weeks of funding guaranteed under the stopgap spending bill, the agency might manage workflows so it leans more on congressional appropriations funding than user fees in the short term.
Finally, on Monday the Congressional Budget Office released its first official projection of the economic impact of the longest federal shutdown in history. According to the report, the five-week partial shutdown took a significant toll, costing the United States economy $11 billion, with nearly a quarter of that total permanently lost.




Tuesday, January 29


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities.” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions.” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

House Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s budget and economic outlook. 10:00 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg.

House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R. 1, the Democrats’ wide-ranging ethics package. 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Finance Committee hearing: “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part I.” 10:15 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing: “Examining the Actions of Drug Companies in Raising Prescription Drug Prices.” 11:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s budget and economic outlook. 2:30 p.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg.


Thursday, January 31


CANCELLED – House Energy and Commerce hearing: "Examining the Trump Shutdown’s Devastating Impact on Federal Workers, Public Health, the Environment, and Consumers." 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.




Tuesday, January 29


The Urban Institute holds an event, "How Are States Responding to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?" 9:00 a.m., 2100 M Street NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC.


American University College of Law holds an event, "Health Law Legislative & Regulatory Practice Colloquium Series: Texas v. U.S. and the Future of the Affordable Care Act." 6:00 p.m., Tenley Campus – Warren N101 Classroom.



Wednesday, January 30


Bloomberg Government holds an event, "Hill Watch: 2019 Outlook." 8:00 a.m., 1101 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20005.


The Brookings Institution holds an event, "Reforming Stark/Anti-Kickback Policies." 10:00 a.m., Brookings Institution Falk Auditorium 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20036.


Carahsoft holds an event, "SF Webcast - The Role of Cloud Customers in Modernizing HHS." 2:00 p.m.


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