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This Week On the Hill, December 4 - December 8, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The House convenes this evening at 6 p.m. to consider a motion to go to conference on the GOP tax overhaul bill, which was passed by the Senate along party lines early Saturday morning. A roll call vote is expected as soon as 6:30.

Government funding takes center stage this week, as the current continuing resolution expires Friday. House appropriators on Saturday morning introduced a two-week stopgap that would keep the government open through December 22. The temporary CR includes a technical fix for CHIP that would ensure funding for the program through the end of the month. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to consider the stopgap as an emergency measure.

In addition to the government funding bill, the House this week is expected to take up the first gun rights legislation since the shootings in Texas and Las Vegas. The bill (HR 38) would permit anyone currently allowed to carry a concealed weapon in their state to do so in another state regardless of the restrictions or limitations in that state.



Expect less fireworks this week now that the tax bill has cleared the chamber. The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m. and is expected to resume consideration of the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of the Homeland Security Department. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.



Tuesday, December 5


Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment & Recovery", 10:00 a.m., Dirksen 124


Thursday, December 7


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act: Progress and the Path Forward for Medical Innovation." 10:00 a.m.,
430 Dirksen Bldg.

House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on "New Names, Same Problems: The VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program." 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.





Monday, December 4


The Connected Health Initiative and Politico hold a discussion on "Recognition, Reimbursement, Results: Opportunities Ahead for Remote Monitoring and Connected Health Innovation." 9:00 a.m. 901 K St. NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C.


America's Health Insurance Plans holds a webinar; "A New Take on Health Care Cost Transparency", 1:00 p.m.



Tuesday, December 5


The American Bar Association's (ABA) Health Law Section holds the 15th Annual Washington Health Law Summit, December 4-5. 8:45 a.m. 1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C.


Washington Post Live holds a discussion on "Pathways to Progress: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic." 9:00 a.m., 1301 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.


The National Governors Association holds a discussion on a new report "Building Complex Care Programs: A Road Map for States." 9:30 a.m., National Press Club, 14th and F St.s NW, Bloomberg Room, Washington, D.C.



Wednesday, December 6


The Leapfrog Group holds a "National Health Care Ratings Summit," focusing on online ratings services and transparency in health care, December 6-7.8:00 a.m., 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.


HHS and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer host an“Opioid Symposium & Code-a-Thon”to promote and employ innovative ways that technology and data can be used to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.8:30 a.m., Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201



Friday, December 8


The Alliance for Health Policy (AHP) holds a briefing on "The Role of the Health Care Workforce in Delivery System Reform." 12:00 p.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg.


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