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June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….


March 22, 2018

Additional Details of Omnibus Package Available

More details of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package unveiled last are now available. Within the budget for the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Nursing Workforce Development programs would be funded at $249.5 million, an increase of $20 million above the final FY2017 enacted levels.  The Public Health and Preventive Medicine program would be level funded…


March 21, 2018

Text of FY2018 Omnibus Released

The House Appropriations Committee has released text of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill. The House could vote as early as Thursday on the package. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Wednesday night to report the bill to the floor for debate and a vote. The House typically observes a three-day rule before considering any…


February 13, 2018

HHS Budget FY2019

The President’s Budget request for HHS proposes $95.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1,120 billion in mandatory funding while proposing to shift many mandatory programs to discretionary, including GME.  The budget would also consolidate all GME funding into one program while maintaining the site caps. Additionally, the budget proposes to cut or eliminate all…


February 12, 2018

Administration’s FY 2019 Federal Budget

The President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY2019 was released this morning. The Administration’s efforts for the coming fiscal year included a continued focus on regulatory reform and reduction and investment in infrastructure. Entitled, “Efficient, Effective, Accountable, and American Budget”, highlights of the FY2019 PBR include: increased funding for border security ($18 billion to fund the border wall…


February 7, 2018

Two-year budget deal reached in Senate

Today, the Senate reached a far-reaching bipartisan budget agreement that would set top-line spending limits for FY2018 and FY2019, which would be added to the continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House.  The spending levels for the two years represent significant increases above what is currently allowed under the budget caps that were created in 2011. Under the agreement,…


January 31, 2018

Head of CDC Resigns

Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, resigned from her position earlier today because of financial conflicts. Read more about it here and here.


January 29, 2018

Azar Sworn In as HHS Secretary

Earlier today, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the Senate last week.


January 24, 2018

Azar Confirmed

Alex Azar was confirmed by the Senate earlier this afternoon as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 55 – 43.


Senate to Take Up HHS Nomination

The full Senate is scheduled to take up today the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Azar is not a new-comer to the HHS as he served as Deputy Secretary during the George W. Bush Administration.  He has recently been an executive at the pharmaceutical…



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