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

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House meets at 2 p.m. Monday and will consider four financial services measures under suspension of the rules: H.R. 1122, H.R. 974, H.R. 1414, and H.R. 758. They will vote on the bills at 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the House will shift its focus to Russia and 2016, with a series of bills aimed at, among other things, calling for accountability for the assassination of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov (H. Res. 156), not recognizing the annexation by Russia of Crimea (H.R. 596), and the creation of an assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interference in the 2016 election (H.R. 1404). Later in the week, the House will vote on a measure that expresses the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress (H.Con. Res. 24). House Democrats are framing the week as “Sunshine Week.”
Outside of specific legislation, Congressional attention this week will largely be focused on the Trump administration’s top-line figures from its 2020 budget, which is scheduled to be released at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Though largely symbolic, Trump's budget will show his priorities: boosting military spending, cutting other domestic spending, avoiding big cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and ignoring the mounting deficits and debt. It will also include an increase in child care funding.




The Senate meets at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. They will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Matey nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Later in the week, the Senate is expected to vote on Thursday on the resolution of disapproval on President Trump’s emergency declaration. The White House expects the disapproval resolution will pass the Senate, forcing Trump to veto it, according to sources with direct knowledge.



Tuesday, March 12


House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy hearing on “Examining the Public Health Risks of Carcinogens in Consumer Products.” 10:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services hearing on “Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs.” 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2020 HHS Budget” with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. 12:00 p.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Wednesday, March 13


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs: Reducing Barriers to Market Competition.” The panel will discuss the CREATES Act (H.R. 965), the FAST Generics Act (H.R. 985), and other measures. 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor-HHS hearing on “Department of Health and Human Services Budget Request for FY 2020” with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. 2:00 p.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, March 14


Senate Finance Committee hearing on “The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget” with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS hearing on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other emerging health threats. Time TBD, 124 Dirksen Bldg.


Wednesday, March 13


America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds an event, “AHIP’s National Health Policy Conference,” March 13-14, including a speech from Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). 7:00 a.m., The Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.


Congressional Brain Injury Task Force holds an event, "2019 Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill." 10:00 a.m., Rayburn Bldg. Foyer.


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