Health Care on the Hill: May 2014

House Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Health
“21st Century Cures Roundtable”
May 6, 2014 – 3:00pm
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Senate Committee on Appropriations – Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
“FY15 Department of Health & Human Services Budget”
May 7, 2014 – 10:00am
138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Committee on Aging
“Hearings to Examine the Fight against Cancer, Focusing on Challenges, Progress, and Promise”
May 7, 2014 – 2:15pm
562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
“Hearing on the Nomination of the Secretary of Health and Human Services-Designate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell”
May 8, 2014 – 10:00am
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

What’s in Store on the Floor: This Week in Appropriations

The House and Senate are back from recess and the appropriations season is moving forward in full swing. The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill and the Legislative Branch bill with overwhelming majorities.

On Wednesday, the House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 4486) which provides funds for the troops, their families, and veterans’ programs. The bill passed with a vote of 416-1 (Representative Labrador (R-ID-1st) voted against the bill). The total cost of the bill is significantly less ($1.8 billion) than FY 2014.

Bill text: http://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr4486/BILLS-113hr4486rh.pdf

Bill report: http://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt416/CRPT-113hrpt416.pdf

Amendments: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/04.30.14_fy_2015_milconva_bill_-_floor_adopted_amendments.pdf

The Legislative Branch bill (H.R. 4487) includes funding for House Member offices, security, and Capitol operations and maintenance. The bill passed the House with a vote of 402-14. The bill is the same funding level as it was in FY 2014.

Bill text: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr4487rh/pdf/BILLS-113hr4487rh.pdf

Bill report: http://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt417/CRPT-113hrpt417.pdf

Amendments: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/05.01.14_FY_2015_Legislative_Branch_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

The House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee released their bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Census Bureau, and other programs. The bill is $398 million below the FY 2014 enacted level. The bill passed out of the Subcommittee and now moves to the full committee.

For text of the bill and key provisions visit here: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=377757

The Senate Appropriations Committee is also working through their process and held their first full Committee hearing of the year on innovation. As previously noted, the Chairwoman wanted to use the opportunity to make the case for federal investment in research.

It is expected that the Senate subcommittees will soon turn to markups of individual bills. Note that Mikulski stated in this hearing that she intends to “finish our bills by October 1 and show that the Appropriations Committee gets its work done on behalf of the American people.”

To see Senator Mikulski’s full statement click here: http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/chairwoman-mikulski-remarks-federal-innovation-hearing

Appropriations Meets Innovation: Upcoming Full Committee Hearing

One hearing to watch when the Senate returns next week is the Full Appropriations Committee hearing on “Driving Innovation Through Federal Investments,” which will be held on April 29th, 2014 at 2:30 pm in Room SD-G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

“Chairwoman Mikulski is trying to drive home the point that the federal government generates a ton of innovation each year by funding smart people with big goals. Those innovations create jobs, patents, technologies, medicines, treatments — you name it,” Appropriations panel spokesman Vincent Morris said in a statement. Morris said the hearing won’t take the place of the regular yearly oversight hearings on the president’s budget, but instead “will open a new door. And to really reach out far and wide for opinions and insight, we decided to use Twitter to engage with organizations, universities and individuals.”

http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/senate-approps-wants-you-to-talk-about-research/

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable John P. Holdren, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Ph.D., Secretary, Department of Energy
  • The Honorable Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health
  • The Honorable France A. Córdova, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation
  • Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense

Health Care on the Hill: April 2014

House Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Health

“Examining Concerns Regarding FDA’s Proposed Changes to Generic Drug Labeling”

April 1, 2014 – 3:00pm

2322 Rayburn House Office Building

 

House Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

“Drug Enforcement Administration and State of Research on Drug Abuse in America”

April 2, 2014 – 10:00am

H-305, the Capitol Building

 

House Committee on Appropriations – Subcommittee on Defense

“Defense Health Program”

April 2, 2014 – 1:30pm

2359 Rayburn House Office Building

 

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

“Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges”

April 3, 3014 – 10:00am

2154 Rayburn House Office Building

 

House Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Health

“Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013”

April 3, 2014 – 10:30am

2322 Rayburn House Office Building

 

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

“A Continued Assessment of Delays in VA Medical Care and Preventable Veteran Deaths:

April 9, 2014 – 10:00am

334 Cannon House Office Building

Health Care on the Hill: March 2014

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging

“Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries”

March 11, 2014 – 10:00am

430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Committee on Ways and Means – Full Committee

“Hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius”

March 12, 2014 – 10:00am

1100 Longworth House Office Building

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Full Committee Hearing

“Protecting the Public Health: Examining FDA’s Initiatives and Priorities”

March 13, 2014 – 10:00am

430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

“Hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services”

March 13, 2014 – 10:00am

2358-C Rayburn House Office Building

House Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

“Improving Sports Safety: A Multifaceted Approach”

March 13, 2014 – 10:15am

2322 Rayburn House Office Building

Member Submission Deadlines for FY 2015 Appropriations Posted

Several subcommittees of the House of Representatives have posted their deadlines for receiving Members’ programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the FY 2015 Appropriations bill. Submissions are to be delivered electronically at http://appropriationssubmissions.house.gov beginning on February 26, 2014. Most subcommittees have posted deadlines in late March – early April. If a subcommittee has not yet indicated a deadline, Dear Colleague letters with Member Submission instructions will be posted as soon as they have been circulated. To view the entire list, please click here.