Tag Archives: United States House Committee on Appropriations

Senate Finance to Discuss CHRONIC Care Act

Legislative Activity Senate Finance to Discuss CHRONIC Care Act On Tuesday, May 16, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing titled “Examining Bipartisan Medicare Policies that Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions.” The Committee will discuss S. 870, Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017, … Continue Reading

AHCA’s Final Act?; CMS Gathers Feedback and Issues Payment Rates for SNFs, IRFs, and Hospices

Legislative Activity AHCA’s Final Act? On Friday, April 28, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until Friday, May 5. The extension gives Republicans until the end of the week to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. Then, House Republican leadership will likely turn again to addressing … Continue Reading

Gottlieb Confirmation Hearing Set for April 5; CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid DSH Payments; Home Health CoPs Delayed; MedPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity Gottlieb Confirmation Hearing Set for April 5 On Wednesday, April 5, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold a confirmation hearing for Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee for Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottlieb held a number of senior positions at the … Continue Reading

Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership

Legislative Activity Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the goal of Republicans in Congress for the last seven years. Health reform was front and center during the campaign and it was President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s first priority out of the starting blocks in 2017. … Continue Reading

Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week; HRSA Issues Notice to Delay Implementation of Final Rule on 340B

Legislative Activity Potential for Reconciliation Language to Move Through Committees This Week With reports that reconciliation language was available for House Republicans to review last week, sources indicate that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means may mark up their respective reconciliation language this Wednesday, March 8, … Continue Reading

Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand?; Energy and Commerce Holds First Hearing on User Fees; MedPAC and MACPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand? With reconciliation instructions in the FY 2017 spending bill that initiate the House and Senate committees with health care jurisdiction to reduce the deficit, Republicans in both chambers are eager to use the fast-track, fifty-vote process to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday; House to Consider Pro-Life Legislation; President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA

Legislative Activity Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday Last week, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) visited the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for the first of two Senate confirmation hearings that resulted in the longest HELP confirmation hearing in over twenty years. The HELP hearing was heated, partisan, and merely a … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Conference Report; CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; CMS Proposes OPPS and ASC System Changes

Legislative Activity Senate to Vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Conference Report Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524) conference report this week. The bipartisan legislation authorizes grant programs; creates a task force on pain management; expands … Continue Reading

114th Congress Prepares for Busy Appropriations and Budget Season; Republicans Announce Shift to “Dynamic Scoring”; Expected Budget and Appropriations Committee Leadership

Legislative Activity 114th Congress Prepares for Busy Appropriations and Budget Season    Legislators are gearing up for a busy agenda at the start of the 114th Congress, including several key appropriations and budget priorities. On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (also known as the “CRomnibus”). The CRomnibus funds … Continue Reading

Next Steps Uncertain for Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill; House and Senate Announce Border Proposals; GAO Releases Report on Laboratory Security

Legislative Activity Next Steps Uncertain for Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill On July 17, the Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (S. 2244) by a bipartisan margin of 93-4. This bill, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) to December 31, 2021; TRIA is currently set … Continue Reading

Senate Appropriations Committee Hold Hearings on the FY2015 Budget

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate Appropriations Committee will continue to hold hearings on the FY 2015 Budget this week. See this week’s Budget and Appropriations Capital Thinking Blog Post for further details. The Senate will convene today, Monday, March 31, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to consideration of H.R. 4302, the … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs A FY 2014 Continuing Resolution / Debt Ceiling Stopgap Agreement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY On October 17, President Barack Obama signed a FY 2014 Continuing Resolution / Debt Ceiling stopgap agreement (H.R. 2775 / P.L. 113-46) that funds the federal government at current sequester levels through January 15, 2014 and suspends the nation’s debt limit through February 7, 2014 (although this may be extended for a short … Continue Reading

House Approves $595 Billion FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week, the House approved its $595 billion FY 2014 Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) by a vote of 315-105. An amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to eliminate funding for the National Security Administration’s (NSA) telephone record collection program, which Republican leadership resisted bringing to the floor, was narrowly … Continue Reading

House Appropriators Mark-Up FY 2014 SFOPs Bill; Middle East Peace Talks

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Egypt The State Department continues to call for an end to perceived arbitrary arrests in Egypt. Despite reported calls in Egypt by Islamists and the opposition for U.S. Ambassador Ann Patterson to leave Cairo, the State Department maintains its support for the embattled veteran Foreign Service officer. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Passes Three Bills: FY 2014 Commerce-Justice-Science; Financial Services; Legislative Branch

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2014 Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills.  The House was expected to debate the Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) last week as well, but disagreements over the rule process have stalled floor action. Republican leadership would like to debate … Continue Reading

Senator Chris Coons Joins Appropriations Committee

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Committee Membership. On Thursday, June 20, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has joined the committee to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In a statement released last week, the Chairwoman expressed her confidence in the value Sen. Coons … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Approves Its FY 2014 Defense And Agriculture Spending Bills

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2014 Defense and Agriculture spending bills. The Defense bill will likely be the first to reach the House floor, possibly this week. Subcommittee action continues this week with the Energy and Water and Transportation-Housing bills both scheduled for markups (see This … Continue Reading

House Armed Services Committee Passes NDAA Bill, Moves to House Floor for Review; Defense Appropriations Review Scheduled

Legislative Branch Activity National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Last week the House Armed Services Committee marked-up and passed, by a vote of 59-2, its FY 2014 NDAA bill.  H.R. 1960 complies with the House Budget Act, funding national defense at pre-sequester levels but within the sequester budget cap of $966 billion for discretionary funding.  Next week, … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Approved Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; Senate Judiciary Committee Approved Immigration Reform Bill

Legislative Activity Budget and Appropriations On May 22, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill, which provides $38.9 billion in discretionary funding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overall: $35 million below the president’s request, $618 million below the fiscal 2013 enacted amount and $981 million above the … Continue Reading

Eric Cantor Releases The House Legislative Agenda For June

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action On Friday, May 31, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the House legislative agenda for June which includes consideration of four FY 2014 appropriations bills: Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA); Homeland Security; Defense; and Agriculture. The MilCon-VA (H.R. 2216) and Homeland Security (H.R. 2217) bills are both on the House … Continue Reading
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