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This Week on the Hill, May 18 - May 22, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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HOUSE

The House will meet in a pro forma session Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
 
House lawmakers are entering negotiations with Senate leaders and the White House over the lower chamber’s $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus legislation. The package (H.R. 6800), dubbed the “HEROES Act” passed the House on Friday mostly along party lines 208-199. Republican aides told reporters over the weekend that parts of the relief package contained areas they support – such as revamps of the Strategic National Stockpile that would let the government partner with private companies and accept donations, and ways to protect the pharmaceutical and medical supply chains like creating centers of manufacturing excellence. There is also growing agreement that there needs to be strengthened oversight of the emergency funds going to health care providers.
 
Overhauls of Medicare’s advance payment program have been getting attention by members of both parties after hospitals and doctors across the country took out nearly $100 billion in pre-payments from the federal government that they’ll need to pay back. The House-passed legislation would slash the interest rate for health-care providers who borrowed from Medicare, an effort that’s seen some bipartisan support this year.
 
Major divides between the parties on the next stimulus package remain: Senate Republicans want to bolster liability protections for businesses operating during the pandemic, but many Democrats have flatly rejected that priority. Democrats have sought to boost the Affordable Care Act and approve billions in state aid that Republicans have opposed.

 

SENATE

 

The Senate will meet at 3 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Scott Rash to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Arizona.
 
The upper chamber has no immediate plans to produce an alternative to the HEROES Act, the House’s $3 trillion coronavirus response package. Instead, senators are expected to consider a handful of lifetime judicial appointments this week and then head home for the Memorial Day recess.

 

HEARINGS & MARKUPS

Tuesday, May 19

 

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee hearing on the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress. 10:00 a.m., remote.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs response to COVID-19. 12:00 p.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.

Wednesday, May 20

 

House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing on “Examining the Federal Government’s Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19. 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.

Thursday, May 21

 

Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” 9:30 a.m., 301 Russell Bldg.

OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS

Monday, May 18

 

The Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute hold an event, "Webinar: Health insurance auto-enrollment." 2:00 p.m.

Info: https://brook.gs/2WHdR31

Tuesday, May 19

 

The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "Navigating COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding." 10:00 a.m., 1225 Eye Street, NW Suite 1000.

Info: https://bit.ly/3cKt9cH

The Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance and March of Dimes, in conjunction with the Black Maternal Health Caucus, the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care, host a briefing on "Maternal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 1:30 p.m.

Info: https://bit.ly/2LCuEh9

The Heritage Foundation holds an event, "WEBINAR: Treating COVID-19: Supporting Front Lines with Real Time Information." 2:30 p.m.

Info: https://herit.ag/3g1TbtW

Wednesday, May 20

 

The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "Is There A Bipartisan Solution for Business Liability Concerns?" 11:00 a.m., 1225 Eye Street, NW Suite 1000.

Info: https://bit.ly/2X5QS0u

Thursday, May 21

 

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds an event, "5 Ways to Amplify Telehealth Programs for Members in Need." 1:00 p.m.

Info: https://bit.ly/36laFgJ

The Academy Health holds an event, "How Racial Injustice Creates Health Inequities." 1:00 p.m.

Info: https://bit.ly/2X8x4t7

The Primary Care Development Corporation holds a webinar on "The 'New Normal': How Primary Care Can Reboot and Reopen." 1:00 p.m.

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

The Hoover Institution holds an event, "Lanhee Chen: COVID-19 and the Politics of the World Health Organization." 2:00 p.m. Hoover Institution.

Info: https://hvr.co/2Tgussa

The Brookings Institution holds an event, "Webinar: Reopening schools in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic." 2:00 p.m.

Info: https://brook.gs/2ZbPBrj

Friday, May 22

 

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) holds an event, "Treating Addiction Across the Care Continuum During COVID-19: Challenges and Promising Practices." 2:30 p.m.

Info: https://bit.ly/36aU0fJ




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