Health Policy Report (7/11)

Senate Democrats are bracing for a busy July work period as leadership presses forward on a revival of the budget reconciliation process. After releasing an updated version of the drug pricing title last week, additional pieces of the new filibuster-proof bill are expected to be released in the coming days and weeks ahead so that the Parliamentarian can begin the “Byrd bath” review to ensure compliance with the Senate’s budgetary rules. These policies include tax hikes on high-income earners to shore up the solvency of Medicare and extending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies, as well as other climate, energy, and tax proposals. According to intel from Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is hopeful to get the updated bill on the floor ahead of the August break. However, it remains to be seen whether the deal can garner the support of the entire Democratic caucus in both chambers.

 

Thorn Run Partners Announces Addition of Six-Person Practice Group, Continuing its Remarkable Growth with New Expertise in the Pursuit of Federal Funding

Chris Fish, Scott Tominovich and Jessica Venable join as partners.  Joo Young Lee and Jake Parduhn join as Vice Presidents. Casey Newell joins as a Legislative Associate.

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2022
Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301 (arosenberg@thornrun.com)

Thorn Run Partners (TRP) announced today the addition of a ready-made team of six seasoned government relations specialists with wide ranging expertise in representing private companies, institutions of higher education, health care providers and institutional clients on matters related to federal funding. The group, which grows TRP’s roster of professionals to 44, is bringing numerous marquee clients with them to Thorn Run Partners.

 

In The Hill, TRP’s Rosenstock Weighs In on Pressure to Fill Financial Regulatory Vacancies

In an article for The Hill, TRP’s Jason Rosenstock offered commentary on the political dynamics of the Biden administration’s pending financial regulatory nominees. With several vacancies the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Rosenstock pointed out that the looming 2022 midterm elections places additional pressure on Senate Democrats to fill these positions should Republicans take control in 2023. “2022 is going to be a very busy year on the administrative agency level in large part because if the Democrats lose control of the House and Senate in 2023 it changes a little bit of a dynamic,” said Rosenstock. “It just makes it a little bit harder to move their agenda. So I think this is the year to pounce, so to speak.”

 

TRP’s Lamond, Rosenberg Listed as Top Lobbyists in The Hill’s 2021 List

For the fourth year in a row, TRP founding partners Chris Lamond and Andy Rosenberg were named as Top Lobbyists in The Hill’s annual list for 2021. The authors note that last year was one of the busiest on record in the advocacy and influence world, citing Lamond and Rosenberg among the ranks of those who “stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration.” “…These are the people who wielded their connections and knowledge most effectively for their clients,” wrote staff from The Hill. “The list highlights the broad range of talents needed to achieve success in the industry.”

 

BGOV Cites Thorn Run as ‘Standout’ Firm for 2020

Bloomberg Government recently published its “2020 Top-Performing Lobbying Firms” report, listing TRP as a “standout” firm for last year.  Since its founding in 2010, Thorn Run has consistently ranked among Washington’s top tier lobbying firms according to analysis from Politico, The Hill, and Bloomberg Government, among others. “We are proud to have earned the rank as one of Bloomberg Government’s top lobbying firms for 2020,” said TRP co-founders Andy Rosenberg and Chris Lamond. “This prestigious achievement is a reflection of our team’s tireless efforts to provide value for TRP’s diverse portfolio of clients this past year, and we look forward to the prospects of continued growth and success in 2021.”

 

Bloomberg Government Highlights TRP’s Strong Q1 Growth

An article by Bloomberg Government cites TRP among lobbying firms that have “prospered” early in the Biden administration, touting Thorn Run’s impressive 25 percent growth in the first quarter when compared to the same time last year. While the President’s ambitious policy agenda will certainly keep organizations with a stake in federal policy busy, TRP’s Andy Rosenberg commented that the slim margins in both chambers could limit certain windows of opportunity — thus underscoring the importance of thoughtful engagement and meaningful connections on both sides of the aisle. “Democrats have an ambitious policy agenda and full control of the government. But the margins are ultra narrow, so while the stakes are high, nothing is guaranteed,” said Rosenberg.

 

In InvestmentNews, TRP’s Rosenstock Discusses Dynamics of 50-50 Senate

In an article for InvestmentNews, TRP partner Jason Rosenstock offered his commentary on the filibuster’s impact on the Democratic policy agenda. While the House has passed several pieces of legislation that hone in on key Democratic policy priorities, Rostenstock sharply pointed out that the pileup of bills will increase pressure on Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster and clinch significant legislative wins. This dynamic is particularly relevant with the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a sweeping package of labor rights reforms that cleared the House on Tuesday, March 9. “As long as the legislative filibuster is intact, it’s going to be hard to find 10 Republicans to vote for the bill.” said Rosenstock.