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This Week on the Hill, June 10 - June 14, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House returns Monday at 2:00 p.m. Lawmakers will consider 11 bills under suspension of the rules, the majority of which involve the Department of Homeland Security. Votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the House expects to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and President Trump’s former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. The matter will likely ultimately be settled in the courts rather than the House floor.

Beginning Wednesday, the House plans to take up its first minibus spending bill this week (H.R. 2740), a measure that covers Labor-HHS-Education along with Defense, State and Foreign Operations, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch spending. The agencies and programs covered by the five appropriations bills would receive nearly $1 trillion in FY 2020 under a modified version of the minibus. Votes on the appropriations package begin late Wednesday, and a vote on the final bill will likely go into next week.
There are 60 amendments for the Labor-HHS portion of the bill, ranging from one to strike language blocking the federal government from funding the creation of a special identifier to help hospitals and doctors more easily share patient records, to blocking the Trump administration’s proposals to expand non-ACA-compliant health plans and to bar “due skimming” by unions.



The Senate convenes at 3:00 p.m. Monday and will resume consideration of Ryan T. Holte to be a judge with the United States Court of Federal Claims. During the remainder of the week, the Senate will vote to confirm the following nominees:

  • Sarah Daggett Morrison as judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Pamela Barker as judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Corey Landon Maze as judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
  • Rodney Smith as judge for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Thomas Barber as judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Jean-Paul Boulee as judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • David Stilwell as assistant secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  • Edward Crawford as ambassador to Ireland.


Tuesday, June 11


House Education and Labor Committee markup on the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R. 1230); the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309); and the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (H.R. 397). 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee holds a hearing on "The State of Patent Eligibility in America: Part III." 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.

House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R. 2740 (116), the "Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY2020." 3:00 p.m., H-313 U.S. Capitol.

Wednesday, June 12


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills.” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage.” 10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.

House Committee on Small Business hearing on “The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and the Decline of the Small Medical Practice.” 11:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn Bldg.

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights hearing on “Your Doctor/Pharmacist/Insurer Will See You Now: Competitive Implications of Vertical Consolidation in the Healthcare Industry.” 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.


Monday, June 10


The National Academy of Sciences Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics holds a symposium on "Data, Modeling, and Policy Making to Address the Opioid Epidemic." 1:00 p.m., NAS Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW, E St. Conference Room.


Tuesday, June 11


The Alliance for Health Policy holds a summit on "What's Next on Social Determinants of Health," focusing on issues including socio-economic status, housing, transportation and nutrition. 8:30 a.m., Columbus Club, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE.


The Society for Public Health Education holds a briefing on "Celebrating 20 Years of the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program," focusing on accomplishments and next steps in eliminating health disparities. 10:00 a.m., 2168 Rayburn Bldg.


Washington Post Live holds a discussion on "Transformers Health," focusing on the most innovative solutions to today's top health challenges, the venture capital focused on the newest innovations in health care and how technology is revolutionizing patient care. 4:00 p.m., 1301 K St. NW.


Wednesday, June 12


The American Conservative holds an event, “Opioid Outrage: How Cozy Ties between the Pharmaceutical Industry, Congress and Federal Agencies Hastened an Epidemic.” 8:30 a.m., National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "BPC Launches Rural Health Task Force and Releases New Poll." 9:30 a.m., 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000.


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) holds a webinar, "Messaging to Advance Health Equity in Public Policy– A Culture of Health Webinar." 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 13


The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation holds the final webinar in its Defying Despair series. This discussion will focus on "ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment and guide people on a path to recovery." 2:00 p.m.


Friday, June 14


The Healthcare Leadership Council hosts a lunch discussion on "Striving for Improvements in Value-Based Care." 1:00 p.m., 2045 Rayburn Bldg.


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