POLICY BRIEFINGS


Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - APRIL 11, 2016


House Returns from Recess; Congress to Continue Appropriations Work


Both chambers of Congress will be in session this week following several weeks of spring recess, and both the House and the Senate plan to move ahead to consider (i.e., markup) the various spending bills. The House Appropriations Committee has three markups scheduled for Wednesday, along with consideration of a report on subcommittee discretionary spending levels allocations, in line with last year’s budget agreement. The full Appropriations Committee will consider the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) bill, while the Energy-Water and the Agriculture/FDA measures will be considered in their respective subcommittees. The Senate Appropriations Committee has two subcommittee markups, Energy-Water and Agriculture/FDA, on the calendar for Wednesday, and plans to send the bills to the full Committee and disclose subcommittee allocations on Thursday. The Senate allocations will also adhere to the topline numbers established in last year’s bipartisan agreement. It is unclear how the budget process will proceed if the stalemate over a budget resolution continues. The House Rules Committee will consider changes to modernize the authorization and appropriations processes during a hearing on Thursday, at least in part to attract support from conservatives for an FY 2017 budget resolution.



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