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This Week on the Hill, May 13 - May 17, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House meets Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and will consider 13 Homeland Security and Financial Services bills under suspension of the rules. Included in the docket is a bill (H.R. 2578) that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30. Key portions of the program are scheduled to expire after May 31, when the 2019 hurricane season begins; without an extension, FEMA won’t be able to issue new policies or borrow new money.
Later in the week – on Thursday or Friday – the House will vote on H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. The measure combines seven bills that together are designed to bring more low-cost generic drugs to the market, ban short-term insurance policies, and restore funds for Obamacare programs cut by the Trump administration. The drug-pricing bills bundled into the package have support from members of both parties, but the ones bolstering the Affordable Care Act are generally backed only by Democrats.
At the end of the week, the House will also vote on The Equality Act (H.R. 5), which "defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation."

There are only eight legislative days before lawmakers leave for recess around Memorial Day, and nine weeks of work before the August recess, during which lawmakers will need to make headway toward a deal to raise the debt limit and toward a budget agreement before $100 billion in automatic cuts kick in on October 1.




The Senate meets Monday at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of Michael Truncale to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Texas. They will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination at 5:30 p.m. Later in the week, the chamber will vote to confirm Kenneth Kiyul Lee as judge for the Ninth Circuit, Wendy Vitter as judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Brian Bulatao as Undersecretary of State (Management).



Wednesday, May 15


House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “The Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change.” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

Thursday, May 16


House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis." 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on “HIV Prevention Drug: Billions in Corporate Profits after Millions in Taxpayer Investments.” 10:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.


Monday, May 13


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "The Role of Litigation in Response to the Opioid Epidemic." 10:00 a.m., 225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000.


Tuesday, May 14


The Center for American Progress holds and event, “Antitrust and Health Care Providers,” with special guest FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter. 12:00 p.m., 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor.


The National Press Club holds an event, "Pandemic & Biosecurity Forum." 12:00 p.m., 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor.


Wednesday, May 15


Physician Assistant Education Association holds a congressional briefing, "Increasing Access to Care in Rural and Underserved Communities: Barriers in PA Education." 9:00 a.m., 2044 Rayburn Bldg.


Thursday, May 16


Voices for Non-Opioid Choices holds an event, "Voices for Non-Opioid Choices Launch Event.” 9:00 a.m., 529 14th Street NW.


The Alliance for Health Policy hosts awebinaron "Prescription Drug Patents: Balancing Innovation, Access, and Affordability." 1:30 p.m.


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