Health Policy Report (2/24)

The Week in Review

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has taken the lead for the Democratic presidential nomination after a dominant victory in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. The Vermont Senator earned 39 percent of the vote in the Silver State’s contest, besting former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg who finished second and third respectively. The race for the Democratic nomination now shifts to South Carolina’s Feb. 29 primary, where recent polling suggests a tight race between Sen. Sanders and Vice President Biden.

 

Next Week on the Hill: NV Voters Prepare for Saturday Caucus

The tightly-contested race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will shift west this weekend as Nevadans prepare for the Saturday caucus. Recent polling from the Silver State suggests that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Vice President Joe Biden will be in contention for a share of Nevada’s 36 delegates. With 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, Mayor Buttigieg (23), Sen. Sanders (21), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (8) are currently atop the leaderboard, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (7) and Vice President Biden (6) rounding out the top five.

 

TRP is Hiring: Health Care Legislative Assistant

Thorn Run Partners, one of the top lobbying firms in Washington D.C., is seeking a Legislative Assistant with an interest in politics and federal health care policy to aid our executive-level advocacy team on a variety of writing, research, and administrative projects. The Legislative Assistant will spearhead a variety of legislative and regulatory projects, such as facilitating advocacy campaigns, summarizing congressional hearings, analyzing federal regulations, writing newsletters, tracking health policy issues, and more. A strong pedigree in writing or legislative analysis is imperative.

 

TRP Health Policy Report (2/18)

The Week in Review

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) secured a key victory in last week’s New Hampshire Democratic primary, narrowly edging out former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the “first-in-the-nation” contest. As a result of Sen. Sanders’ 1.3 percent popular vote victory, both he and Mayor Buttigieg have each been awarded the nine of the Granite State’s 24 delegates, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) earning six following a strong third place showing. The race for the Democratic presidential nomination will now shift to the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, followed by the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29.

 

Today on the Hill: Senate Votes to Limit Trump Military Powers Against Iran

The Senate will convene today to resume consideration of a “War Powers” resolution that would require President Donald Trump to withdraw any troops from military hostilities against Iran within 30 days. The resolution is expected to pass after four GOP Senators — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Todd Young (R-IN) — announced their support for the effort late last week. President Trump announced yesterday that he would swiftly veto the measure, and the effort is not expected to earn enough support in Congress to override his action. 

 

Today on the Hill: House Queues Up Public Lands Package

House lawmakers are eyeing passage of a measure seeking to bolster federal protections for public lands. The lower chamber will begin consideration of a package of bills out of the Natural Resources Committee (text; amendments) that would designate roughly 1.4 million square miles of new wilderness areas throughout the U.S., providing federal protections to thousands of acres in Colorado, Washington, and California. The Trump administration pushed back against the legislation in a veto threat earlier this week, arguing that the new wilderness designations would “greatly reduce opportunities for multiple uses on these public lands.” As such, the bill is not expected to be taken up in the GOP-controlled Senate.

 

Today on the Hill: New Hampshire Democratic Primary Gets Underway

New Hampshire voters will head to the polls today as the highly anticipated “first-in-the-nation” Democratic presidential primary gets underway. Recent polling indicates that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg are leading the pack in the Granite State, with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the mix as well. While the Vermont Senator won New Hampshire in the 2016 primary by more than 20 points, Buttigieg appears to be polling within single digits of the Sen. Sanders following Buttigieg’s narrow Iowa caucus victory last week.

 

Health Policy Report (2/10)

The Week in Review

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump came to a close last week after Senators reached a final verdict on two articles of impeachment. Following two days of closing arguments and Senate speeches, the upper chamber voted to acquit the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. President Trump was cleared on a near party-line vote, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) joining all Senate Democrats in voting to convict on the abuse of power charge.

 

This Week on the Hill: Senators Resume Legislative Business Following Impeachment Trial

Congress will return to action today as lawmakers begin to formulate a post-impeachment agenda. In the upper chamber, Senators are expected to take up a “War Powers” resolution that would require President Donald Trump to withdraw any troops from military hostilities against Iran within 30 days. The resolution is expected to pass at some point this week after four GOP Senators — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Todd Young (R-IN) — announced their support for the effort. Meanwhile, Senators will resume consideration of pending presidential nominations, starting with the nomination of Andrew Brasher to be Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.

 

Today on the Hill: House Eyes Passage of Puerto Rico Disaster Aid

House lawmakers are set to wrap up the week with a supplemental disaster funding package for Puerto Rico. The measure would allocate roughly $4.7 billion in emergency aid following a series of earthquakes on the island earlier this year, as well as tax relief by way of expanded earned income and child tax credits. The Trump administration strongly pushed back against the measure in a veto threat earlier this week, decreasing the likelihood of consideration in the GOP-controlled Senate.