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July 13, 2017

House Spending Bill Includes Helpful Language on F&A

The House spending bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2018 includes helpful language on the facilities and administrative (F&A) costs issue. The bill includes the following language on the issue: In making Federal financial assistance, the NIH shall continue to apply the provisions relating to indirect costs in part 75…


July 11, 2017

Senate Postpones August Recess

Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the August recess will begin two weeks later than originally scheduled. Whereas the Senate calendar had recess beginning on Monday, July 31, the summer recess period will now begin on Monday, August 14th. The delay will allow the Senate Republicans extra time to work on their efforts to…


July 10, 2017

This week in Congress, July 10-14

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JULY 11 TRANSPORTATION-HUD APPROPRIATIONS July 11, 7 p.m., 2358-A Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Markup WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 House Appropriations ENERGY-WATER/AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS July 12, 10:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup House Energy & Commerce OPIOID CRISIS IN THE STATES July…


Congress Returns to Town

After its July Fourth recess, Congress returns to Washington for three weeks before leaving town for a scheduled five-week August recess. The Senate Republicans are still trying to address intra-party differences on a “repeal and replace” healthcare bill.  In the House, the Appropriations Committee continues to press forward on its versions of FY2018 spending bills even…


July 3, 2017

Congress In Recess

Congress is in recess this week. Although no agreement was reached in the Senate on a new healthcare bill at the end of last week, conversations continue. Both chambers are scheduled to work next week.


June 30, 2017

What we’re reading, June 26-30

Here is a selection of articles the Office of Federal Relations has read this week. Smartphones & Medical Research –  When smartphones first began collecting health data such as users’ heart rates and number of steps walked, doctors were dubious about the medical value of information gathered by a p hone.Three years later, doctors have changed…


Modified Travel Ban Takes Effect, Hawaii Files Suit

Lawyers for the State of Hawaii and an imam in Hawaii yesterday filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s partial ban that went into effect last evening. The lawsuit argues that the definitions being used by the government are narrower than what the Supreme Court allowed in its order. Read more about the issue here, here, here, and…


June 29, 2017

Limited Travel Ban Becomes Effective This Evening

As a result of Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, a limited version of the travel ban proposed by the Trump Administration goes into effect this evening (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT). The modified ban would impact individuals from six majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  In order for individuals from those nations…


June 27, 2017

No Vote This Week on Senate Healthcare Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Republican leadership postponed a vote on its healthcare legislation until at least after the chamber returns from its week-long July 4th recess.


June 26, 2017

CBO Estimates 22 Million Would Lose Coverage Under Senate Bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the entity charged with estimating the potential impacts of legislation, released this afternoon its analysis of the Senate version of the healthcare legislation aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act. In its view (the “score”), the CBO reports that the bill would lead to 22 million individuals losing coverage by…


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