Refugee Resettlement Director Reassigned to HHS Faith Center

Scott Lloyd has left his post as director the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and assumed the role of senior adviser to the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives within HHS. Lloyd has faced scrutiny for his handling of ORR’s separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and for his efforts to block unaccompanied minors in federal custody from obtaining abortions. Jonathan Hayes, Lloyd’s Chief of Staff, will serve as the Acting Director of ORR.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on improving affordability through innovation; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; November 28

Senate HELP Committee Executive Session to markup S. 2076, BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S.___, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act; H.R.315, S.3482, Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization; S.3530, Museum and Library Services Act; and Nominations; 10:30 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; November 29

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing “Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; December 6

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.Res.1154 — Affirming the importance of the Orphan Drug Act, applauding its lifesaving contributions over its 35-year history, and recognizing the need to continue supporting research and development for rare diseases; Sponsor: Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.7141 — To direct the Secretary of Labor to issue an occupational safety and health standard that requires covered employers within the health care and social service industries to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]; Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.7157 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage for all physicians’ services furnished by doctors of chiropractic within the scope of their license, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

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