Federal Relations


December 5, 2016

Congressional Leaders Ask Trump to Keep Collins

Late Friday, four key Republican health care leaders sent a letter to President-elect Trump asking him to retain NIH’s Francis Collins. The letter was signed by the chairmen of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees from both chambers, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). It was also signed by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions…

Carson for HUD

President-elect Trump has announced his intention to nominate Dr. Ben Carson for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A former Republican presidential candidate, Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who was the director of the Johns Hopkins University’s department of pediatric neurosurgery. He received world-wide renown for separating twins who were conjoined at the head….

December 2, 2016

Foxx to be Chair of House Education and Workforce Cmte, Trump’s Ed Landing Team

With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress.  She grew up in Appalachia without power and running water and began working as a weaver at age 12 to help…

Mattis for SECDEF

President-elect Trump has named James Mattis to be the Secretary of Defense. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon is largely credited with inspiring the Department of Defense’s operational renewable energy initiatives. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who retired in 2013 from his post as head of U.S. Central Command, has been an outspoken critic…

December 1, 2016

Cures Passes House

Last night, the House approved, 392-26, the 21st Century Cures Act, amended by a Manager’s Amendment submitted by House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI). While the Manager’s Amendment modifies slightly the allocation of funding in the NIH Innovation Account on an annual basis, it maintains the overall level of funding in the Account…

November 30, 2016

White House Supports Cures

Late yesterday, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) in support of the 21st Century Cures legislation, which is on the House Floor today. The SAP expressly calls out the Innovation Fund in the measure, which targets funding for several of the Administration’s health care priorities, as a highlight of the measure….

November 29, 2016

Trump to Name Cho as Transportation Secretary

President-elect Trump is expected to name Elaine Chao as his pick for Secretary of Transportation. Cho was Secretary of Labor in the President George W. Bush Administration, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the President George H.W. Bush Administration. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Trump Names nominees for HHS Secretary and CMS Adminstrator

Early today, President-elect Trump announced he has selected Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) as his nominee for Secretary of HHS and Seema Verma as Administrator of CMS. Rep Tom Price (R-GA) Price is the current House Budget Committee Chairman. An orthopedic surgeon by trade and a staunch conservative, Price has been a vocal and active opponent of…

November 27, 2016

Compromise on Cures Heads to House

The House Rules Committee has noticed that 21st Century Cures will be considered next week. The package is expected on the House floor on Wednesday, November 30. The legislation is expected to be added as an amendment to an existing bill (H.R. 34) to allow for expedited action in the Senate.  The House Rules Committee’s summary…

November 23, 2016

DeVos to be ED Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. A billionaire GOP donor, she also once served as head of the Michigan Republican Party. DeVos is a vocal advocate of allowing parents to use school vouchers to seek alternative schools and other policies strongly opposed by teachers unions. She is the current chairwoman of the…

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