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This Week on the Hill, July 29 - August 2, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: TCAA Staff
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HOUSE

The House is in recess through August and will return to Washington on Sept. 9.
 
Last Thursday, the House passed a two-year budget resolution (H.R. 3877) that would raise spending by hundreds of billions of dollars over existing caps and allow the government to keep borrowing to cover its debts. Only 65 Republicans joined the Democratic majority in the 284-to-149 vote, with 132 Republicans voting against the bill, despite President Trump’s endorsement and pressure from some outside groups to avoid a potentially catastrophic default on the government’s debt.
 
With spending levels set, the bare-bones budget deal will allow lawmakers to begin filling in the details of spending bills that would fund the government agency by agency and program by program beyond October 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

 

SENATE

 

With the House out of town for August, attention turns to the Senate this week. The chamber convenes at 3:00 p.m. Monday and will vote on three veto messages related to President Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (S.J. Res 38; S.J Res. 37; S.J. Res. 36). Congress is not expected to have the two-thirds majority needed to override the president’s vetoes.

 
The chamber will also consider the budget agreement passed by the House last week before senators break for the August recess at the end of the week. The bill is expected to pass overwhelmingly.
 
The Senate is also expected to confirm two key nominees before it leaves town: Kelly Craft, the current ambassador to Canada to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, and David Norquist to serve as deputy secretary of Defense, giving the Pentagon a permanent deputy after the confirmation of Defense Secretary Mark Esper last week. A Republican leadership aide told reporters over the weekend that the Senate will also aim to make more headway on the backlog of judicial nominees who await confirmation.

 

HEARINGS & MARKUPS

 

None this week. 

 

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS

Monday, July 29

 

The Alliance for Health Policy holds a briefing on "What's Next for Patient Experience Measurement?" 12:00 p.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg.

Info: https://conta.cc/2OqE7fF

Wednesday, July 31

 

The Heritage Foundation holds an event, “Medicare for All: How Government-Run Health Care Would Impact Americans” featuring remarks from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. 11:00 a.m., 214 Massachusetts Ave NE.

Info: https://herit.ag/2OjVoHB

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) holds an event, "The Policy Simulation Library DC meeting: The Congressional Budget Office’s new health insurance model." 12:15 p.m., 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

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

The National Academy of Sciences Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders holds a webinar, beginning at 3 p.m., on "From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment." 3:00 p.m.

Info: https://bit.ly/2YuYic6

Thursday, Aug 1

 

The National Academy of Sciences holds a discussion on a new report, "The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth," focusing on health care and education. 10:00 a.m., Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW, Room 100.

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


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