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This Week on the Hill, July 27 - July 31, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The House meets at 9:00 a.m. Monday. Lawmakers will consider two bills under suspension of the rules: H.R. 2420, which would create a National Museum of the American Latino, and S. 2163, which would create a commission to study racial inequity affecting Black men and boys in the U.S. They expect to vote between 11 a.m. and noon.

House lawmakers plan action later this week on a seven-bill fiscal 2021 appropriations package (H.R. 7617). It will include Labor-HHS-Education funding. The bill includes $96.4 billion in discretionary funding for HHS, as well as $1.2 trillion in mandatory spending for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The measure also includes $24.4 billion in emergency funds for HHS and the Labor Department for public health infrastructure and to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including:


  • $9 billion for the CDC for public health and emergency preparedness and response, including $4 billion for a vaccination campaign.
  • $5 billion for the NIH.
  • $5 billion for the Public Health Emergency Fund.
  • $4.5 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, including $3.5 billion for advanced research, production, and purchase of vaccines.

HHS would have to report weekly to Congress during the pandemic on the inventory of ventilators and personal protective equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile. The measure would reduce funding for Office of the Secretary salaries and expenses by $250,000 for each day that a report is late.


HHS funding would include the following amounts for various programs:

  • $10.8 billion for Head Start, a $150 million increase from fiscal 2020 and the budget request.
  • $5.93 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, a $100 million increase.
  • $3.85 billion for substance abuse treatment programs, a $10 million increase.
  • $2.41 billion for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, a $25 million increase.
  • $1.76 billion for SAMHSA mental health programs, an $83 million increase.
  • $1.65 billion in discretionary funding for community health centers, a $25 million increase.
  • $1.3 billion for the Unaccompanied Alien Children program, the same as fiscal 2020 and $680 million less than requested.

The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to narrow the list of amendments to the bill that will receive votes.



The Senate convenes at 4:00 p.m. Monday and will resume consideration of the nomination of William Scott Hardy to be a judge with the U.S. District. Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Senate Republicans are expected to release their latest coronavirus relief proposal Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) and other Republicans have said the package will contain another round of direct cash payments to Americans; sweeping protections for businesses and health workers to prevent coronavirus-related lawsuits; and a $105 billion boost for schools, in part to cover their costs to reopen, among other measures. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Sunday reiterated that Republicans’ package won't extend a $600 boost in unemployment benefits.
McConnell said it could take several weeks to reach an agreement, frustrating congressional Democrats and advocates who wanted a deal before jobless benefits expire at the end of the month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Meadows on Sunday suggested Congress could forgo a large package in favor of piecemeal legislation. For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has already dismissed the idea of a piecemeal bill and on Sunday said that her chamber would stay in session until a final deal is hammered out.




Tuesday, July 28


Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Oversight of COVID-19 Financial Relief Packages." 10:00 a.m., online.

Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Part 1: Protecting the Reliability of the U.S. Medical Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic." 10:15 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing on “Modernizing Telework: Review of Private Sector Telework Policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 2:30 p.m., online.

Joint Economic Committee hearing on “Reducing Uncertainty and Restoring Confidence during the Coronavirus Recession." 2:30 p.m., online.

Wednesday, July 29


House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Improving Access to Care: Legislation to Reauthorize Key Public Health Programs" 10:00 a.m., online.

Thursday, July 30


Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Part 2: Protecting the Reliability of the U.S. Medical Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic." 9:30 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.

Friday, July31


House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on “The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus." 9:00 a.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.


Monday, July 27


The Bipartisan Policy Center holds an event, "A Pathway to Full Integration of Care for Medicare-Medicaid Beneficiaries." 10:30 a.m., 1225 Eye Street, NW.


The Center for Security Policy holds a webinar on "Developing Reliable Biodefenses in an Uncertain World," focusing on both man-made and natural epidemics. 1:00 p.m., online.


The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies and Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse host a webinar on "Policy Changes to Medication-assisted Treatment." 3:30 p.m., online.



Wednesday, July 29


K&L Gates holds an event, "COVID-19: The New Normal, Social Distancing on Site, and Other Pandemic Problems." Time TBD, online.


America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds an event, "Identity, Privacy & Consent: Critical Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Healthcare." 12:00 p.m., online.


The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy holds a workshop via webinar on "Addressing Health Misinformation Through Health Literacy Practices." 1:00 p.m., online.


American University College of Law holds an event, "Reproductive Justice & Disability Justice: COVID-19, Criminalization, & De-institutionalization." 2:00 p.m., online.


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) holds an event, "Webinar: Managing Ongoing Surges: Lessons from the Front Lines (NAM-APHA COVID-19 Conversations Series)." 5:00 p.m., online.



Thursday, July30


The Brookings Institution holds an event, "Will Congress deliver an infrastructure stimulus?" 10:00 a.m., online.


Health Affairs holds an event, "The Care We Need: NQF and 20 Years of Quality." 2:00 p.m., online.


The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies holds a forum via teleconference on "COVID-19 and FDA; Medical, Legal and Regulatory Perspectives." 3:00 p.m., online.


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