POLICY BRIEFINGS


CBO Releases Latest Budget and Economic Outlook


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the federal deficit will rise to $804 billion this year, a $139 billion increase over 2017. The deficit is then projected to reach $981 billion, 5.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), in 2019.The Budget and Economic Outlook report attributes the deficit increase to GOP tax cuts and the $1.3 trillion bipartisan spending package passed by Congress last month. The report also estimates that entitlement program spending will increase from 10.2 percent of GDP this year to 12.6 percent of GDP in 10 years. According to CBO’s analysis, the aging population and growth in health care costs are responsible for this increase in spending. The number of people over age 65 is projected to grow by more than one-third over the next decade. CBO expects that Medicare and Medicaid alone will cost the nation $16 trillion during that time.


Shelby Formally Selected as Appropriations Chairman


Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) was official chosen as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. Former Committee Chairman Thad Cochran retired earlier this month due to ongoing health issues. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) will begin serving on the Committee in the seat left vacant as a result of Cochran’s retirement.


HHS Staff Changes


Valerie Huber has been promoted to senior adviser to the Assistant Secretary for Health. The Office of the Assistant Secretary oversees the 12 core public health offices at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Huber is a prominent abstinence education advocate at the Department, and had previously served as the office’s chief of staff. She is also the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, and will remain in that role until a replacement is named.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Markups


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY 2019 Members Day Hearing; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; April 17

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies hearing on FY 2019 Budget - Food and Drug Administration; 1:30 p.m., 2362-A Rayburn Bldg.; April 17

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee health legislative hearing; 2:30 p.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; April 17

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on FY 2019 Budget Health and Human Services Biodefense Activities; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; April 18

Senate Finance Committee hearing “Tackling Opioid and Substance Use Disorders in Medicare, Medicaid, and Human Services Programs;” 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; April 19

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2019 for the Department of Health and Human Services; 10:00 AM, 124 Dirksen Bldg.; April 19

House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing “Military Health System Reform: Pain Management, Opioids Prescription Management and Reporting Transparency;” 10:30 a.m., 2212 Rayburn Bldg.; April 19

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY 2019 Public Witnesses Hearing; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; April 26

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing with the leadership of drug distributors in regards to alleged pill dumping in West Virginia; time and place TBD; May 8



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