Health Policy Report (1/30)

The House and Senate will both meet for legislative business later today as lawmakers continue organizing various committee and subcommittee rosters for the 118th Congress. Notable announcements over the weekend include: (1) full committee assignments on the Democratic side for each of the House standing committees; (2) Democratic subcommittee rosters for the House Ways and Means Committee; and (3) GOP subcommittee assignments on the House Appropriations Committee, among others. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to formally adopt its committee organizing resolutions at some point this week after waiver-related issues on the Republican side delayed consideration last week.

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Health Policy Report (1/23)

Both chambers of Congress will return for legislative business this week, starting with the Senate later today, followed by the House on Tuesday. On the floor, House Republican leadership has queued up a dozen suspension bills for consideration, including legislation that would nix the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) leasing authority. Lawmakers will take up a pair of measures related to disaster relief that would: (1) establish an online repository of certain reporting requirements for recipients of federal disaster assistance (H.R. 259); and (2) conduct a study that focuses on streamlining and consolidating information collection and preliminary damage assessment (H.R. 255). In the upper chamber, Senators will hold a final up-or-down vote on Brendan Owens’ nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. Meanwhile, the current expectation on Capitol Hill is that all committee assignments in both chambers will be completed this week as lawmakers look to begin committee work for the 118th Congress in earnest. 

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Health Policy Report (1/17)

House lawmakers adjourned for the Martin Luther King Jr. district work period last week after passing [331-97] legislation that would ban the sale of crude oil reserves to China. Both chambers will return to action next week, with the Senate meeting first on Monday, January 23, and the House on Tuesday, January 24. Meanwhile, it is anticipated that the House Republican Steering Committee will continue doling out committee assignments and subcommittee gavels over the coming days, including leadership posts for the Committees on Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce.

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Health Policy Report (1/9)

House lawmakers were finally sworn-in early Saturday morning after House Republicans elected Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker during the 15th round of voting. Speaker McCarthy ultimately won the gavel after GOP dissidents — Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT) — switched their votes to present, thus lowering the threshold needed to win a majority. House Republican leadership will now turn their attention to passing the rules package (text; summary) for the 118th Congress, as well as settling a series of undecided committee leadership posts. According to the latest intel, the House GOP Steering Committee will meet today to begin the process of deciding on contested gavels for the Committees on Ways and Means, Homeland, Education and Workforce, Budget, and Small Business. Other organizational activities — including decisions on contested subcommittee leadership posts and committee assignments for the rank-and-file at large — are expected in the coming days from leaders on both sides of the aisle.

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Thorn Run Partners Elevates Shea McCarthy to Partner

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2023

Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301,

Thorn Run Partners (TRP) ( announced today the elevation of Shea McCarthy to Partner in their Washington, DC office.  Mr. McCarthy, the firm’s 24th partner, has previously served as Senior Vice President at the firm.

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Health Policy Report (1/3)

Lawmakers returned to Washington today to formally kick off the 118th Congress as the race for Speaker of the House remains in an unprecedented standstill. While Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) earned more than 200 votes from his Republican colleagues in the first two rounds of voting, he remains shy of the 218 votes necessary to win the speaker’s gavel. As it currently stands, 19 House Republicans have opposed Leader McCarthy’s nomination, instead casting their votes for Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

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