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January 12, 2017

Senate Passes Budget with ACA Repeal Instructions

Early Thursday morning, Senators voted 51-48 to adopt the FY2017 budget resolution, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) casting the only Republican vote against it. With just 51 votes, the Senate moves forward with plans to repeal the ACA while avoiding a filibuster from Senate Democrats. Ultimately, the Senate considered 19 amendments before the final vote — and stymied…


January 9, 2017

Vote-a-rama

It’s budget week on the Senate side (as well as confirmation week). The Senate is expected to start their all nighter on Wednesday. The Senate Democrats have vowed to take up all the debate time allotted (and more). The bare-bones budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 3, released last week includes instructions to relevant committees to draft legislation aimed at repealing…


January 5, 2017

Domestic Policy Council, Staff Announcements

Trump has announced his Domestic Policy Team. Andrew Bremberg, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council — Andrew Bremberg worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel…


January 4, 2017

ACA Repeal

Health care, taxes, and a regulatory reform will dominate the Hill during Trump’s first 100 days in office, and the partisan maneuvering begins today. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the health care law this morning. Obama’s goal is to rally Democrats. Vice President-elect Pence met with the Republican…


December 7, 2016

Cures Passes Senate, On to President

By a vote of 94-5, the Senate passed HR 34, the  21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign into law.


December 5, 2016

Senate Passed Cloture on Cures, NDAA & Cures to Pass Wednesday

The Senate invoked cloture Monday evening on legislation (HR 34, 21st Century Cures) designed to spur medical innovation. Eighty-five Senators supported the motion to limit debate and proceed with a vote on the measure. It takes two days for a cloture motion to limit debate to “ripen,” and there already is one pending on the…


Home for the Holidays?

The plan is for Congress to finish all its work for the year this week, with a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through next Spring. When in Spring? That’s still a very good question.  The House Republicans held a conference meeting on Friday that did not resolve how long the stopgap should last or precisely…


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

No Additional Funding for NIH in CR

Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) has said today that the CR will not include the $2b bump to NIH that was included in the Senate bill. The CR, in whatever duration, should contain level funding of $32.084b or FY 2016 levels. There has been a research and health community effort to increase funding for…



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