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This Week on the Hill, February 4 - February 8, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House returns Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Following one-minute speeches, the House will recess to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber prior to the President’s State of the Union address. The House will meet again at approximately 8:35 p.m. in a joint session with the Senate for the purposes of receiving the State of the Union address from the president.
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. to consider five infrastructure bills under suspension of the rules. The remainder of the week will focus on a number of suspension bills approved by the Judiciary Committee.




The Senate meets Monday at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S. 1). At 5:30 p.m., the chamber will vote on an amendment by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with a provision by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about troop withdrawal in Syria.
Menendez's amendment would clarify that McConnell's amendment, which challenges President Trump’s troop withdrawal, should not be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of military force. After considering the amendments, the Upper Chamber will vote to invoke cloture on S.1 as amended.



House and Senate leaders are still negotiating a deal to fund the government past and bolster border security ahead the February 15 deadline established by last month’s Continuing Resolution. Should Congress fail to reach an agreement on border security before the 15th, the federal government would enter yet another partial government shutdown. To avoid this, the president could "be forced" to declare a national emergency, according to lawmakers involved in brokering the compromise. This week and next, negotiators will continue working behind the scenes to avoid this eventuality.



Wednesday, February 6


House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee oversight hearing: “Impact of the Administration’s Policies Affecting the Affordable Care Act.” 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing: “How Primary Care Affects Health Care Costs and Outcomes”. 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing: “Texas v. U.S.: The Republican Lawsuit and Its Impacts on Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions.” 10:15 a.m. 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

House Education and Labor Committee hearing: “Examining Threats to Workers with Preexisting Conditions.” 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Appropriations MilCon-VA Subcommittee hearing: “Review of the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization.” 10:30 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.

Thursday, February 7


House Budget Committee Hearing: “Investing in America’s Economic and National Security,” featuring testimony from public health expert Dr. Umair Shah, MD, MPH. 10:00 a.m., 210 Cannon Bldg.


Monday, February 4


AcademyHealth hosts the 2019 National Health Policy Conference, with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, as the keynote speaker. 8:00 a.m., Marriott Marquis., Washington, D.C.


Georgetown University holds a discussion titled "The New Senate Democratic Agenda." Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) participates. 7:00 p.m. Georgetown University.


Tuesday, February 5


America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds a webinar, "Opportunities Impact Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Through Wellness Programs." 2:00 p.m.


President Donald Trump delivers the 2019 State of the Union Address. 9:00 p.m. House Chamber, U.S. Capitol.

Friday, February 8


The Hudson Institute holds an event, "The Vanishing Congress: A Discussion with Jeff Bergner and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher." 11:45 a.m., 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 400.


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