Congress is set to begin a new legislative work period this week, with the Senate returning first, later today, and the House tomorrow. Upon their return to Capitol Hill, lawmakers will look to pass $10 billion in supplemental funding to address health-related pandemic response efforts, as well as roughly $50 billion for restaurants and other “hard hit” small businesses. Disagreements over immigration, funding offsets, and global health will need to be navigated before a clear path forward emerges for the COVID-19 funding bill. Meanwhile, Congress will also be ramping up its appropriations activities for fiscal year (FY) 2023, with several cabinet officials — including Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, among others — set to testify on the President’s budget request for their respective agencies this week.Continue reading “Health Policy Report (4/25)”
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Capitol Hill Update
Congress has adjourned for a two-week state work period for the Easter and Passover holidays. The Senate will return on Monday, April 25, with the House returning a day later on Tuesday, April 26.Continue reading “Health Policy Report (4/18)”
Capitol Hill Update
Congress closed out a productive six-week work period last week with final votes confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson to be a Supreme Court Justice, as well as a pair of bills that would implement further economic sanctions and restrictions on Russia. Lawmakers have now adjourned for a two-week state work period and will return from the holiday break during the week of April 25. When Congress returns, leadership will be pushing for a deal to pass the $10 billion Bipartisan COVID Supplemental Appropriations Act (text; summary), as well as legislation that would provide roughly $55 billion for restaurants and other “hard hit” small business industries. However, policy disagreements over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and funding for global health initiatives will need to be ironed out before a path forward emerges.Continue reading “Health Policy Report (4/11)”