POLICY BRIEFINGS


Upcoming Congressional Committee Activity


Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Antony John Blinken, of New York, to be Secretary of State; 10:00 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; January 26

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing to examine the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of Commerce; 10:00 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg.; January 26

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security; 11:00 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; January 26

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider the nomination of the Honorable Jennifer Granholm to be the Secretary of Energy; 9:30 a.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; January 27

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings to examine the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of the Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, and to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations; 10:00 a.m., 325 Russell Bldg.; January 27

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing to examine the expected nomination of Denis R. McDonough, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs; 3:00 p.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg.; January 27

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing to examine the nomination of Marcia Louise Fudge, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; 10:00 a.m., WEBEX; January 28


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.330 — To direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist States and local governments with the distribution and tracking of vaccines for COVID-19, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a national program to oversee the collection and maintenance of all Federal and State data on vaccinations of individuals in the United States for COVID-19 to achieve mass vaccination saturation immunity, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R.331 — To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide flexibility in training and competency requirements for skilled nursing facility and nursing facility nursing aides under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; Sponsor: Rep. Keller, Fred [R-PA-12]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

H.R.340 — To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place; Sponsor: Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.341 — To make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities established in response to COVID-19; Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

H.R.344 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct an analysis of the need for women-specific programs that treat and rehabilitate women veterans with drug and alcohol dependency and to carry out a pilot program regarding such programs; Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.346 — To establish a program providing grants to certain small business concerns to modify or reallocate their productive facilities to begin or increase production of certain medical supplies critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3]; Committees: House - Small Business

H.R.349 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements to expand and enhance capacity for manufacturing covered products to prevent and control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19; Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.352 — To establish an initiative for national testing, contact tracing, and pandemic response, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor

H.R.360 — To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to automate third-party health insurance billings and collections of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Sponsor: Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.365 — To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act; Sponsor: Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary

H.R.366 — To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive or modify application of Medicare requirements with respect to telehealth services during any emergency period, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.369 — To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve affordability and reduce premium costs of health insurance for consumers; Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.Res.55 — Recognizing the importance of access to comprehensive, high-quality, life-affirming medical care for women of all ages; Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce Hart Health Strategies Inc. 7

H.R.373 — To treat certain face coverings and disinfectants as medical expenses for purposes of certain Federal tax benefits; Sponsor: Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]; Committees: House - Ways and Means

H.R.374 — To prohibit the availability of United States contributions to the World Health Organization until Congress receives a full report on China and the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Boebert, Lauren [R- CO-3]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.379 — To authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out a Social Determinants of Health Program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.387 — To prevent doses of vaccines for COVID-19 from being wasted, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.391 — To authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to strengthen global health security, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.419 — To prohibit United States assessed and voluntary contributions to the World Health Organization; Sponsor: Rep. Roy, Chip [R-TX-21]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.430 — To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefits administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.432 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.433 — To establish a grant program for family community organizations that provide support for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families; Sponsor: Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.434 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to convene a task force to advise the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use on a national strategy for preventing mental health and substance use crises during a public health emergency, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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