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This Week on the Hill, October 28 - November 1, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The House convenes at 2:00 p.m. Monday and will consider 17 bills under suspension of the rules. Included in the slate of bills is the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (H.R. 3942), which would subject e-cigarettes and other vaping products the same legal requirements as cigarettes. Specifically, the bill would bar sale or delivery to anyone under the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the state where the delivery occurs. The measure wouldn’t apply to devices approved by the FDA to help end tobacco use or for another therapeutic purpose and that is marketed and sold only for that purpose.

The chamber will also consider a number of health care-related bills under suspension, including the EMPOWER for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781), the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 728), and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647), all of which would reauthorize health professional training programs through 2024.

Two drug price-related bills are also on the docket, including the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act (H.R. 2115) and the Payment Commission Data Act of 2019 (H.R. 1781), both of which are intended to increase transparency surrounding discounts and other incentives provided by drug manufacturers.


The Senate meets at 3:00 p.m. Monday and will take its first votes on H.R. 3055, one of the spending packages that would fund part of the federal government for FY 2020. They will vote on the amendments at 5:30 p.m. Later, they will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2740 (116), another package of FY 2020 appropriations.


Wednesday, October 30


Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care hearing on “Medicaid: Compliance with Eligibility Requirements.” 2:00 p.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on “The Administration’s Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children and Their Families.” 10:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, October 31


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee markup on eight health-related bills, including: S. 1657, to provide assistance to combat the Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses; S. 1399, to extend nursing workforce development programs; and S. 1130, to improve child health and better understand and enhance awareness about unexpected sudden death. 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.


Monday, October 28


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) holds an event, "Engaging Allies in the Culture of Health Movement: Stakeholder Meeting #5 (Messaging Health Equity)." 8:00 a.m., 500 5th St. NW.



Wednesday, October 30


The National Press Club holds an event, "NPC Headliners Newsmaker: Physician Organizations Call for Tighter Regulations on E-Cigarettes." 10:00 a.m., 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor.


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds and event, “Surprise Medical Billing” with special guests Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), both members of the Senate HELP Committee. 10:30 a.m., 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000.



Politics and Prose: "John McMillian - American Epidemic: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis - in conversation with Margaret Talbot - at Politics and Prose at Union Market.” 7:00 p.m., 1270 5th Street NE.



Thursday, October 31


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds an event, “The Business of Health: Transforming with Transparency.” 9:00 a.m., 1616 H Street NW.



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