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

Monday, February 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: TCAA Staff
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HOUSE

The House reconvenes at 2:00 p.m. today after the week-long President’s Day recess. The chamber will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules, including a bill (H.R. 501) to reauthorize and enhance the poison center national toll-free number and grant program. Another bill (H.R. 525) would direct the HHS Secretary to establish a public-private partnership for purposes of identifying health care waste, fraud, and abuse. Votes are expected to begin after 6:30 p.m.
 
On Tuesday, the House will consider a resolution (H.J. Res. 46) from Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build miles of new wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. The resolution, just one page long, would terminate Trump’s emergency declaration, which aims to shift money from other programs to build the wall. The resolution is "privileged," which means it's guaranteed a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, where it would require a simple majority to pass.
 
The remainder of the week will focus on gun control measures. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) would require a background check for every gun sale, including unlicensed sales between individuals who meet online or at gun shows. The bill currently has five Republican cosponsors and is expected to pass the House without issue. The second measure, known as the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 1112), would require a gun dealer to wait longer than the currently mandated 3-days for the federal background checks to complete before making a sale. The bill would extend that period to 10 days. While both bills are likely to pass the lower chamber, their fate in the Senate is much less certain.

 

SENATE

 

The Senate returns from recess today at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Bill. The measure (S. 311) would establish criminal and civil penalties for doctors who don’t provide medical care to an infant that survives an abortion procedure. Medical professionals, clinic staff, and other relevant personnel would be required to report any violations to state and federal law enforcement. Anyone who violates the requirements in S. 311 would be subject to fines, imprisonment of as long as five years, or both. A woman who has an abortion could sue the doctor or other medical staff if they don’t comply with the legislation.
 
Cutting off debate on the motion to proceed to the measure would require 60 votes, which is unlikely given Democrats’ resistance to the legislation.

 

HEARINGS & MARKUPS

Tuesday, February 26

 

Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part II,” with testimony from seven top drug industry executives. 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “Drug Pricing in America.” 10:15 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Wednesday, February 27

 

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hold a hearing, “Confronting a Growing Public Health Threat: Measles Outbreaks in the U.S.” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing: Caring for Our Caregivers: Protecting Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence.” 2:00 p.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, February 28

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing: “Review of the Opioid Epidemic in America.” 10:00 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS

Monday, February 25

 

The Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, led by co-chairs Reps. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa), will host a roundtable discussion on developing a continued response to the opioid crisis for the 116th Congress. 3:00 p.m., 2168 Rayburn Bldg.

Tuesday, February 26

 

Zero to Three holds an event, "Think Babies Policy Forum – State of Babies Yearbook: 2019." 8:30 a.m., SR-325, U.S. Capitol.

Info: https://bit.ly/2Ep60xy

Wednesday, February 27

 

The Atlantic holds an event, "Health Care + the New Congress," focusing on the future of American Health Care. 8:00 a.m., AJAX, 1011 4th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Info: https://bit.ly/2GXCDEm

CQ Roll Call holds a discussion on “Empowering Patients as Partners in Health Care.” 8:25 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Eighth Floor, Knight Conference Center.

Info: https://bit.ly/2GFdAqn

The American Enterprise Institute holds an event, "Navigating the evolving opioid crisis: A conversation with House Committee on Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR)." 11:00 a.m., 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20036.

Info: https://bit.ly/2Ix81Mp

Friends of NIDA, in cooperation with the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, hosts a briefing on “Opportunities and Challenges in Cannabinoid Research.” 12:00 p.m., 2043 Rayburn Bldg.

Info: https://bit.ly/2T1tulB

Thursday, February 28

 

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) holds an event, "Responding to America’s Opioids Crisis." 3:00 p.m., 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20009.

Info: https://bit.ly/2TjhhaY


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