Health Policy Report (10/12)

Capitol Hill Update

House lawmakers will convene for legislative business today eyeing action on a short-term debt limit increase. Late last week, the Senate passed a short-term debt ceiling increase that would provide lawmakers with more time to strike a broader agreement. With less than a week left until the October 18 “X date,” Senate leadership brokered a bipartisan agreement that would hike the debt limit by $480 billion, thus punting the debt limit to December 3 and giving the Treasury Department more wiggle room to avert a default. Despite this brief flash of bipartisan cooperation, the two sides still remain far apart on a long-term solution on the debt ceiling. While the House will also be in for a series of Committee Work Days this week, the Senate has adjourned for a state work period and will resume voting on Monday, October 18.

 

Health Policy Report (10/4)

Capitol Hill Update

Democratic leadership has brokered a new deadline for action on both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the fiscal year (FY) 2022 reconciliation package amid lingering disagreements between progressives and moderates. Progressive Members pushed back against a vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure legislation due to a lack of progress on reconciliation, derailing last week’s schedule and causing a temporary lapse in funding for federal surface transportation programs that were originally tacked onto the infrastructure bill. Lawmakers now have until Sunday, October 31 to iron out an agreement on a path forward for the Biden-endorsed infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) after Congress passed a monthlong funding measure to address the expired surface transportation funding.

 

Health Policy Report (9/27)

Capitol Hill Update

Congress will reconvene for a pivotal week of legislative business that will likely shape the future of President Joe Biden’s term. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is pressing forward on a plan to bring both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the fiscal year (FY) 2022 reconciliation package to the floor for votes this week, emphasizing in a “Dear Colleague” letter that both of these items are “must-pass.” The House Budget Committee approved the $3.5 trillion framework over the weekend as Democratic leadership looks to shore up support on a path forward with both the progressive and moderate flanks of the party. However, lingering disagreements over these big-ticket measures still have the potential to derail progress depending on how intraparty negotiations pan out.

 

Health Policy Report (9/20)

Capitol Hill Update

The House will convene for legislative business this week as lawmakers look to address a series of key policy issues, including keeping the government funded past the September 30 deadline. Lawmakers are scheduled to consider a continuing resolution (CR) that is widely expected to fund the government into December, providing Congress with more time to iron out a broader funding agreement for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Also, on the House floor this week, Members will take up the chamber’s version of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as well as a measure that seeks to create new federal protections on abortion rights. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to primarily focus on confirming President Joe Biden’s pending judicial nominees.

 

Health Policy Report (9/13)

Capitol Hill Update

The House will gear up for another week of budget reconciliation markups this week as Democrats look to clear each of their respective bills by Wednesday’s deadline. Members on the House Ways and Means Committee are slated to mark up the tax portion of the reconciliation package — which includes revenue boosting measures pertaining to the child tax credit, earned income tax credit, drug price negotiation, and clean energy tax incentives — on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, the House Financial Services Committee is slated to consider $327 billion worth of housing-related policies in its reconciliation instructions at a markup today. 

 

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Health Policy Report (9/7)

Capitol Hill Update

House lawmakers are set to convene for another week of committee work, with the bulk of this week’s activities focusing on reconciliation markups. The House Ways and Means Committee will kick off its four-day markup on Thursday, along with the Committees on Education & Labor, Science, Space & Technology, Small Business, and Veterans’ Affairs. Members on Ways and Means are scheduled to resume their work on Friday, with the Agriculture and Homeland Security Committees set to hold reconciliation markups as well.

 

Health Policy Report (8/30)

Capitol Hill Update

House lawmakers will meet for “Committee Work Days” this week as key committees of jurisdiction are scheduled to begin crafting legislative language that conforms to the fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget resolution’s instructions. Members will kick off markups of their respective portions of the reconciliation package next week — starting with the Natural Resources and Oversight & Reform Committees on Thursday. While a formal announcement from each committee is still forthcoming, the currently anticipated markup schedule is as follows:

 

Health Policy Report

Capitol Hill Update

The House will convene for a brief legislative session this week as lawmakers eye action on the Senate-passed budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Members will vote today on a rule that will set up debate on the budget resolution, voting rights legislation, and the bipartisan infrastructure deal. While the budget resolution and John Lewis Voting Rights Act (H.R. 4) are both slated for final up-or-down votes tomorrow, the bipartisan infrastructure deal is not expected to be taken up until later in the fall after a budget reconciliation package has been clinched. Nearly a dozen moderate Democrats are continuing to press for a vote on the infrastructure package as soon as possible, however, with some threatening to vote against the budget resolution absent a vote on Biden-endorsed legislation. Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi doubled down her position in a “Dear Colleague” letter last week that emphasized the importance of triggering the reconciliation process, while taking a swipe at the Senate’s infrastructure bill for “not [being] reflective of the totality of Democrats’ vision.”

 

Health Policy Report (8/16)

Capitol Hill Update

The Senate wrapped up its extended summer session last week after passing the bipartisan infrastructure deal and adopting the Democratic budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Both measures now head to the House, where lawmakers will return during the week of August 23 to get a head start on its jam-packed legislative agenda for the fall. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) noted in a “Dear Colleague” letter that Members will take up the $3.5 trillion budget framework and formally trigger the reconciliation process, as well as legislation pertaining to voting rights.