Health Policy Report (7/26)

Capitol Hill Update

Senators will reconvene for legislative business this week as negotiations on the bipartisan infrastructure framework continue. The bipartisan “G20” group has expressed optimism that they will settle on a final agreement and produce legislative text by the end of today, followed by another procedural vote to try and advance the bill at some point this week. The two sides have reportedly agreed to further delay the Trump administration’s Medicare rebate rule to help offset some of the plan’s costs, but it is not yet clear whether Senators have resolved a lingering disagreement over transit funding. With an ambitious agenda of clearing both the Biden-endorsed infrastructure deal and a budget resolution prior to the end of the summer, it is likely that the Senate will nix part of its August state work period to free up additional floor time.

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Long-serving House Chief of Staff, Yul Edwards, Joins Thorn Run Partners

As the firm’s 18th partner, Yul Edwards brings over two decades as a respected and senior Democratic House staffer with particularly strong ties to the Ways & Means Committee, Illinois Delegation, and Congressional Black Caucus.

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Health Policy Report (7/12)

Capitol Hill Update

Congress will return to Washington this week to kick off a jam-packed July legislative session. The Senate will resume voting on Monday, while the House meets for Committee Work Days prior to resuming floor activities during the week of July 19. At the centerpiece of this month’s agenda is the Biden-endorsed bipartisan infrastructure deal (fact sheet), as lawmakers are hoping to push this agreement across the finish line before the August Recess. At the same time, Democratic leadership will be working to clinch a budget resolution that contains some key provisions from the President’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.

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Health Policy Report: (7/6)

Capitol Hill Update

Congress is adjourned for the Independence Day district work period ahead of what is shaping up to be a hectic month of July. At the centerpiece of this month’s activity is the Biden-endorsed bipartisan infrastructure deal (fact sheet), as Democratic lawmakers are hoping to push this agreement across the finish line prior to the August district work period. At the same time, leadership will be working to clinch a budget resolution that contains some key provisions contained in the President’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. Senate Democrats will be kicking off the reconciliation process to craft policies that can clear the 50-50 Senate with a simple majority, such as home and community-based services, child care, education, paid leave, climate change, and health care, among others. In addition to the Biden administration’s agenda, lawmakers must also resume their work on: (1) fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations; (2) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); (3) expiring surface transportation programs; and (4) budgetary issues stemming from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the expiring debt ceiling suspension.

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TRP is Hiring: Health Policy Associate

Thorn Run Partners, one of the top government relations firms in Washington D.C., is seeking a Health Policy Associate with an interest in politics and federal health care policy to aid our executive-level advocacy team as one of the leaders of our first-in-class health care policy practice. The Health Policy Associate will integrate directly into Thorn Run’s multidisciplinary policy and research team, working alongside our Senior Health Policy Counsel and junior health care aides to track federal health care policy through both the legislative and regulatory processes while also contributing to advocacy campaigns on a variety of health care issues. Key responsibilities will include analyzing and summarizing bills and federal regulations, initiating and leading research projects, directly engaging with Thorn Run clients, summarizing congressional hearings, developing newsletters, drafting issue briefs and slide presentations, creating one-pagers, and more. A strong pedigree in health care policy is a prerequisite for this role.

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