Health Policy Report (4/26)

The Senate will convene for legislative business later this afternoon to close out the April legislative session. On the floor, Senators are expected to begin consideration of a bipartisan water infrastructure package (S. 914) out of the Environment and Public Works Committee. The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act would provide $35 billion for water resources development projects that are geared toward: (1) addressing climate change; (2) upgrading aging and outdated water infrastructure; (3) investing in new technology; and (4) providing assistance to marginalized communities. The Senate will also take up a series of presidential nominations this week, which could end up including the nominations of Andrea Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator. Meanwhile, House lawmakers have completed votes for the month, but will hold Committee “Work Days” over the next two weeks.

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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.

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Health Policy Report (4/19)

Both chambers of Congress will return to action today to begin the second week of the April legislative session. In the House, floor activity for the week includes a pair of immigration-related measures pertaining to the Trump administration’s travel ban on individuals from predominantly Muslim countries, as well as access to legal counsel for immigrants (H.R. 1333H.R. 1573). Additionally, House lawmakers will also take up a bill that would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state, providing equal representation in Congress for its residents.

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Financial Services Report (4/19)

Another busy week in both chambers. First, in the House, floor activity includes a pair of immigration-related measures, as well as a bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. Additionally, now that Republican opposition to suspension bills has abated, the House is taking up a slew of suspension bills out of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) that were delayed last month, including the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act that would offer banking services to legal cannabis businesses.

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Health Policy Report (4/12)

Congress will return this week to kick off the April legislative session as lawmakers turn their attention to crafting legislation that closely aligns with President Joe Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” for infrastructure. The Senate will open later this afternoon to resume consideration of the President’s pending nominees, starting with Polly Trottenberg’s nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation. In the month ahead, Senators are poised to take up several House-passed bills — as well as Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that seek to overturn Trump era regulatory actions — that will face a narrow path to passage in the 50-50 Senate.

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Health Policy Report (4/5)

Congress stands adjourned for the spring district work period. The Senate will return to Washington on Monday, April 12, followed by the House on Tuesday, April 13.

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