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This Week on the Hill, May 6 - May 10, 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House returns Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and will consider three foreign affairs bills under suspension of the rules.
On Wednesday, the House will consider five bills under suspension, including two drug pricing proposals. The first measure, H.R. 1503, would codify certain regulations and practice regarding the types of drug patent and exclusivity-related information listed in the FDA’s patent compendium, commonly referred to as the “Orange Book.” The second bill, H.R. 1520, would codify publication of approved biological products in the FDA’s “Purple Book” in a similar format and with similar requirements to the Orange Book.
Later in the week, the chamber will consider H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which would prohibit HHS and the Treasury Dept. from taking any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the Section 1332 guidance that was issued by the Trump administration in October 2018. 1332 waivers allow states to create their own health insurance rules if they meet certain “guardrails.” The October guidance eased those standards and allowed states to subsidize plans that don’t comply with rules under the ACA. H.R. 986 would also increase subsidies for shoppers on the Obamacare marketplace. Votes are expected late Thursday.
Finally, the chamber will consider H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, which House Democrats have proposed to provide communities and federal agencies affected by natural disasters with an additional $17.3 billion in new funding. The new measure is similar to the one Democrats passed in January (H.R. 268), but with another $3 billion for flooded Midwestern states. Votes on the bill are tentatively scheduled for Thursday.




The Senate meets Monday at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of the nomination of Joseph Bianco to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. They will vote on the motion to invoke cloture, or limit debate, on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.



Tuesday, May 7


Senate HELP Committee hearing on the implementation of electronic health information sharing provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act. 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on intellectual property and prescription drug prices. 10:00 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.

Wednesday, May 8


House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed.” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining MACRA Implementation and the Road Ahead.” 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

House Appropriations Committee markup on FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. 10:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

House Education and Labor Health, Employment Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee hearing on “The Protecting the Right to Organize Act: Deterring Unfair Labor Practices.” 2:00 p.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Budget Committee hearing on “Fixing a Broken Budget Process: Lessons from States.” 2:30 p.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on protecting and supporting seniors as they age. 2:30 p.m., 562 Dirksen Bldg.

Thursday, May 9


House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “Lowering Prescription Drug Prices: Deconstructing the Drug Supply Chain.” 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.

House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on “The Trump Administration’s Response to the Drug Crisis, Part II.” 11:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.


Tuesday, May 7


Bloomberg Government holds its annual Spring Hill Watch breakfast event on the future of health care and environmental policy. 8:00 a.m., 1101 K St., NW.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hold a conference call briefing to discuss new Vital Signs report that shows “pregnancy-related deaths can occur during pregnancy, at delivery, and even up to a year afterward (post-partum)," and offer data on preventability and actions that can help prevent death. 12:00 p.m.

Call-In: 800-369-1605

Wednesday, May 9


The Atlantic holds an event, "The State of Care: Future of Medicare." 8:30 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.


Myriad Genetics and the House Mental Health Caucus hold a briefing on “Improving Medication Choices for Medicare Beneficiaries with Depression.” 12:00 p.m., 2013 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, May 9


Department of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to vote on the final recommendations for updates to best practices for chronic and acute pain management and prescribing pain medication. 10:00 a.m., 200 Independence Ave., SW.


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