Health Policy Report (11/28)

Congress will return for votes this week, with the Senate in first later today followed by the House tomorrow. As the December 16 government funding deadline draws nearer, appropriators are pushing to reach an agreement on topline funding levels for fiscal year (FY) 2023 — a key precursor to a year-end spending package. With divided government on the horizon, lawmakers appear motivated to tie up loose ends on several bipartisan legislative efforts prior to the start of the 118th Congress. However, cooperation between Democratic and Republican leadership will be crucial, especially in the evenly divided Senate. Any extraneous policy riders that imperil the omnibus’s chances of reaching 60 votes will likely fall by the wayside to ensure that the government remains funded past the December 16 deadline.  

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