Federal Relations

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…

CR Until May?

Senate Republicans are now pushing for the Fy 2017 stop-gap continuing resolution to go through May 2017. The House, particularly House conservatives, have long advocated for a March 2017 date. The White House continues to push for a CR that is as short as possible to ensure the Pentagon gets the budget assurance it needs for ongoing…

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 Administrator

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 28, 2016

They’re BACK & 21st Century Cures to be Considered by the House

Congress is back today for the remainder of its lame-duck session. While both the House and Senate are slated to be in session until December 16, Republicans appear content to run out the clock until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20, which could make for a much shorter and less eventful lame…

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

What We’re Reading This Week, November 21 – 25

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Medicaid Worries – In places like rural Kentucky, the ACA was a life changing law for Medicaid patients. Eliminating the expansion will have serious impacts. Read more at NPR.   Trump & TV – Representatives from the broadcast and cable-TV news networks…

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…

Trump Taps SC Gov. Nikki Haley for UN

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his ambassador to the United Nations. She is the first woman Trump has tapped to his cabinet, and would add diversity as a woman and the daughter of immigrants from India. A rising star in the GOP, she is the first woman to…

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