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This Week on the Hill, April 8 - April 12, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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HOUSE

The House is in session Monday through Wednesday this week before House Democrats leave town for their policy conference in Leesburg, VA. The chamber meets at 2:00 p.m. Monday to consider six bills under suspension of the rules, including a bill (H.R. 639) clarifying that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.
 
On Tuesday, the House will consider H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019, a bill that would reestablish the “net neutrality” rules recently overturned by the Federal Communications Commission under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The House is also considering debating H.R. 2021, the Investing for the People Act of 2019, a Democratic budget bill that would increase federal discretionary spending caps by roughly $358 billion over two years compared with current law.
 
The chamber will also consider a bill (H.R. 1957) that would require the IRS to modify its appeals, summons, and asset seizure procedures. The Taxpayers First Act of 2019, sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), would also bar the IRS from referring low-income taxpayers’ debt to private collectors and would codify the Free File program, among other reforms to the agency.

 

SENATE

 

The Senate meets at 4:00 p.m. Monday, with no votes scheduled. Later in the week, the Senate will consider the confirmations of six Trump nominees – including four federal judges – under new rules instituted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that reduce debate time from 30 hours to 2.

 

HEARINGS & MARKUPS

Tuesday, April 9

 

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Abortion Until Birth: The Need to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (S. 160). 10:00 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Finance Committee holds its third hearing on drug prices, “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part III.” 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

House Education and Labor Committee markup of H.R. 1010, a bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term, limited duration health plans. 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

House Ways and Means Committee markup on the Prescription Drug Sunshine, Transparency, Accountability and Reporting Act (STAR Act). 10:30 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing on the Indian Health Service Budget Request for FY 2020. 10:30 a.m., 2008 Rayburn Bldg.

House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services holds a hearing to discuss a bill (H.R. 5) that would broaden LGBT discrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity; barring discrimination in any place of public accommodation, including healthcare facilities. 2:00 p.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Wednesday, April 10

 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Strengthening Accountability to Protect Students and Taxpayers.” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing: “Priced Out of a Lifesaving Drug: Getting Answers on the Rising Cost of Insulin.” 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, April 11

 

Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing on the FY 2020 funding request and budget justification for the National Institutes of Health. 10:00 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg.

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS

Monday, April 8

 

The American Hospital Association holds its annual membership meeting, with special guests including NBC’s Chuck Todd, the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). 7:00 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

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

Tuesday, April 9

 

The American Hospital Association holds its annual membership meeting, with special guests including retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 7:00 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

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

The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Recent Applications and Future Investments." 9:30 a.m., 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000.

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

The Cato Institute holds an event, “25 Years of Patient Power,” with special guest Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). 12:00 p.m., Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute.

Info: https://bit.ly/2YM3cTB

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) holds an event, “The Critical Role of the NIH in Boosting Economic Competitiveness.” 2:00 p.m., 216 Hart Bldg.

Info: https://bit.ly/2TW4S9b

American University College of Law holds an event, "Health Law Legislative and Regulatory Practice Colloquium Series: Litigation Challenging Medicaid Work Requirements." 6:00 p.m., AU Tenley Campus – Warren N101 Classroom.

Info: https://bit.ly/2U6TS9r

Wednesday, April 10

 

The American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) hold an event, "2019 Health Innovation Day.” 7:30 a.m., Renaissance Washington D.C.

Info: https://bit.ly/2S4S4jX

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds an event, "Value-Based Reimbursement: At an Inflection Point," aimed at insurers and providers. 2:00 p.m.

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

The American Society of Clinical Oncology holds a discussion on "The State of Cancer Care in America: Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap." 12:30 p.m., National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor.

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


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