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This Week on the Hill, June 29 - July 3, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The House meets at 10:00 a.m. Monday to consider a bill (H.R. 1425) to expand the Affordable Care Act. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act would expand the ACA’s tax credits, pressure states to expand Medicaid programs with the promise of more federal funds, and cap what any person may pay for coverage premiums at 8.5% of their income. It would also let immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program get access to subsidized insurance plans. The bill is largely meant to indicate to voters where Democrats stand on health-care issues, focusing the attention on supporting the Affordable Care Act, while the country combats the ongoing spread of the coronavirus and as the Obama administration’s signature health law is attacked in the courts by Republican attorneys general.
The House is also expected to vote today on the Emergency House Protections and Relief Act (H.R. 7301), the Protecting Your Credit Score Act (H.R. 5332), and a bill that would disapprove of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency rule regarding the Community Reinvestment Act (H.J. Res. 90). Votes, which take longer due to social distancing on the House floor, are scheduled between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.


Later in the week, the chamber will consider the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), the House’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. The bill includes $30 billion to upgrade hospitals to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support the Indian Health Service’s infrastructure, and increase capacity for community-based care.




The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. Monday to resume consideration of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 4049). Senate Leadership hopes to pass the measure before the July 4th holiday.



Tuesday, June 30


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “COVID-19: Update on Progress Toward Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School." 10:00 a.m., G50 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “COVID-19 and U.S. International Pandemic Preparedness, Prevention, and Response: Additional Perspectives." 10:00 a.m., online.

Senate Finance Committee hearing on “2020 Filing Season and IRS COVID-19 Recovery." 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis." 11:00 a.m., online.

Wednesday, July 1


House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Veterans' Access to Reproductive Healthcare" 10:00 a.m., online.

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade hearing on “The Trump Administration's Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean.” 1:00 p.m., online.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on “Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities.” 2:30 p.m., 562 Dirksen Bldg.

Thursday, July 2


House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on "The Administration's Efforts to Procure, Stockpile, and Distribute Critical Supplies." 9:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on “Review of Operation Warp Speed: Researching, Manufacturing, & Distributing a Safe & Effective Coronavirus Vaccine.” 10:00 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.


Wednesday, July 1


ACT | The App Association's Connected Health Initiative hosts a webinar on "Finding a Path Forward for Digital Health After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency." 12:00 p.m., online.


Thursday, July 2


The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine holds a webcast on "The U.S. Chemical Supply Chain: Vulnerabilities Highlighted by COVID-19," focusing on "the overseas manufacturing of specialty and pharmaceutical chemicals." 11:00 a.m., online.


The Atlantic holds an event, "The Big Story: A Summer of Social Distance." 2:00 p.m., online.


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