The House and Senate are adjourned until November 12. Despite the break, last week saw lawmakers hold another hearing on the Obama Administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, a day after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea tested positive for the virus in New York City. Last Friday, the House Government Reform Committee held a hearing featuring testimony from officials from the Defense Department, Homeland Security and HHS that cast the federal government’s response and preparedness under a harsh light. Reports of inconsistent Ebola guidelines around the country have prompted calls for significant improvements to stop the virus's spread in New York, Dallas and elsewhere. At a hearing two weeks ago, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden faced strong criticism from House Energy and Commerce Committee members, many of whom questioned the credibility of his agency and the Obama Administration in handling the Ebola crisis. In related news, senior Capitol Hill aides say the White House has held preliminary discussions with the Senate about a new funding request to fight Ebola. Last Monday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that her full panel would meet to discuss the Ebola crisis on November 6, two days after the midterm elections.
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The House and Senate are adjourned until November 12. Despite the break, last week saw the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee convene a rare recess hearing with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, to review how federal agencies are responding to the Ebola outbreak in the United States. Lawmakers in both parties slammed the Obama Administration's response thus far, calling for significant improvements to stop the virus's spread in Dallas and elsewhere. Republicans also pressed the Administration to adopt travel restrictions from West Africa, an idea that Frieden and other health officials have tried to discourage. Congressional focus continues on Ebola this week, with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee set to hold a hearing on the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
The House and Senate are adjourned until after the November 4 elections. Following the midterms, members of the House and Senate are expected to return for two weeks before breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday. Congress should next be in session through December, when work will continue on appropriations, expired tax provisions and curbing corporate inversions. Other issues that could be considered during the lame-duck session include defense and intelligence operations reauthorizations, terrorism risk insurance (TRIA) reauthorization as well as bills related to commerce, sanctions and trade. Healthcare-related items could also theoretically be on the agenda, including a permanent fix of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula (SGR) and an extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).