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Opioid Task Force Releases Legislative Agenda


The House Bipartisan Opioid Task Force has released its legislative agenda for the 116th congress. The agenda is comprised of more than two dozen bills that lawmakers believe can pass Congress this year. The bills include measures to support prevention, treatment, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and veterans’ issues. Three of the measures – H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act, H.R. 2922, the Respond to the Needs in the Opioid War Act, and H.R. 4141, the Humane Correctional Health Care Act – will be considered during a legislative hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this week.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Member Day hearing; 10:00 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn Bldg.; March 3

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing “The Silver Tsunami: is VA Ready?”; 10:00 a.m., 210 Capitol; March 3

House Homeland Security Committee hearing “A Review of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security;” 10:00 a.m., 310 Cannon Bldg.; March 3

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing “Combating an Epidemic: Legislation to Help Patients with Substance Use Disorders;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; March 3

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing “to examine an emerging disease threat, focusing on how the United States is responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus;”10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; March 3

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing “National Institutes of Health Budget Request for FY2021;” 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; March 4

House Homeland Security hearing “Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the Response to a Pandemic Threat;” 10:00 a.m., 310 Cannon Bldg.; March 4

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization hearing “Getting It Right: Challenges with the Go-live of Electronic Health Record Modernization;” 9:00 a.m., 210 Capitol; March 5

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing “Defense Health Program (DHP);” 9:00 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg.; March 5

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing “Beyond Coronaviruses: Understanding the Spread of Infectious Diseases and Mobilizing Innovative Solutions;” 9:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn; March 5

House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security hearing “U.S. Biodefense and Response to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak;” 2:00 p.m., 2154 Rayburn Bldg.; March 10


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.5924 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a loan repayment program to encourage specialty medicine physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing a shortage of specialty medicine physicians, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.5927 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to study American dependence on unsafe Chinese pharmaceuticals and to empower the Food and Drug Administration to mandate drug recalls in the case of critical contamination; Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.Res.861 — Supporting the role of the United States in helping save the lives of children and protecting the health of people in poor countries with vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance; Sponsor: Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.5939 — To provide for research and education with respect to triple-negative breast cancer, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.5952 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to skilled nursing facility services for hemophilia patients; Sponsor: Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

H.R.5958 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create senior health planning accounts funded by the proceeds of the sale or assignment of life insurance contracts; Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.5963 — To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to reporting of consumer complaints by electronic nicotine dispenser system manufacturers and importers, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.5982 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to study American dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals and to empower the Food and Drug Administration to issue boxed warnings in the case of critical contamination; Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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