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This Week on the Hill, February 11-15, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House convenes at 2 p.m. Monday and will consider five Oversight and Reform bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 1064, which would expand whistleblower protections of federal employees or applicants. First and last votes are expected between 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Later in the week, the House will take up a resolution (H. J. Res. 37), directing the president to remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen, except for those engaged in operations against Al-Qaeda or associated forces.
The chamber had planned to spend this week voting on a funding compromise to keep the government open past Feb. 15. but this weekend's breakdown in the bipartisan talks has thrown those plans into disarray (see SHUTDOWN UPDATE, below).
Votes have been canceled on Tuesday so members can fly to Dearborn, Michigan, to attend memorial services for Congressman John Dingell, who died last week at age 92.




The Senate meets at 3 p.m. and resumes consideration of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), a bipartisan public lands package. The chamber will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill at 5:30 p.m.
Later in the week, the Senate will vote to confirm Bill Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general. If confirmed, Barr would replace acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and return to the top job at the Justice Department, which he led from 1991 to 1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration.



Bipartisan negotiations to strike a border security deal and to keep the federal government open have broken down over the past 24 hours. With only five days to go to reach a deal that can pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by President Trump, negotiations have hit a roadblock over the number of beds that can be funded in border detention facilities.
Both chambers have until Friday to consider the Homeland Security bill and six other unfinished appropriations measures for FY 2019 – Agriculture, Financial Services, Transportation-HUD, State-Foreign Operations, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Interior-Environment – that together amount to about $320 billion in discretionary spending.
Negotiators were under pressure to reach an agreement by Monday to fund the government past Feb. 15 in order to allow the House and Senate sufficient time to review and vote on the proposal. Democratic negotiators offered a deal to their Republican counterparts, but Republicans are refusing to negotiate until Democrats take back their demand for a cap on the number of beds used for undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, sources told Politico over the weekend.
The White House has signaled that President Trump is open to signing a continuing resolution, a change from the president’s previous position, according to White House and congressional officials.



Tuesday, February 12


House Appropriations Agriculture-FDA Subcommittee hearing on status of FDA operations, with testimony with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. 10:00 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn Bldg.

House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “The Cost of Rising Prescription Drug Prices.” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis.” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Wednesday, February 13


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Reverse ACA Sabotage and Ensure Pre-Existing Conditions Protections.” 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

Bills under consideration:

  • H.R. 986, the“Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019”, would require the Trump Administration to rescind the Section 1332 guidance of the ACA promulgated in October of 2018;
  • H.R. 987, the“Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019”or the“MORE Health Education Act”, would restore outreach and enrollment funding to assist consumers in signing up for health care; and
  • H.R. 1010,To provide that the rule entitled“Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance” shall have no force or effect, would reverse the Trump Administration’s expansion of short-term, limited-duration insurance plans.

House Appropriations Military Construction–VA Subcommittee hearing on “Long Term Healthcare Challenges and Long Term Care.” 2:00 p.m., HT-2 U.S. Capitol.

House Financial Services Financial Institutions Subcommittee hearing on “Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related Businesses. 2:00 p.m., 2128 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, February 14


Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing to examine the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other emerging health threats. Time TBD. Dirksen Bldg.


Tuesday, February 12


The American Medical Association holds its annual National Advocacy Conference, featuring a presentation by HHS Secretary Alex Azar. 8:00 a.m., Grand Hyatt Washington.


The National Press Club holds an event: “Paying for Cures: Ensuring Patient Access and System Sustainability.” 8:00 a.m., 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor.


Wednesday, February 13


The National Academy of Medicine holds a webinar: “Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.” 4:00 p.m.


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