Take Stock: Federal Policy Watch

Save the Internet Act Looking ahead, House Democratic leaders plan to hold a floor vote on the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) during the second week of April. The bill has yet to clear the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but Technology and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Doyle (D-PA) has noted a Subcommittee markup could take place as early as next week. Cannabis The House Financial Services Committee will also consider legislation on…
The House and Senate were both in recess this week. White House Activity On Tuesday, the President hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House for bilateral meetings. He also announced he will nominate Steve Dickson to be administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Dickson is a former airline pilot and would replace FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. American Artificial Intelligence Initiative Elsewhere, the White House launched a website dedicated to artificial intelligence built…
Federal Updates On March 11, the White House rolled out the President’s $4.7 trillion FY20 budget proposal. The proposed budget includes significant cuts to non-defense discretionary funding, including significant decreases in budgets for the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriators on Capitol Hill have already indicated that they intend to use many of their FY19 numbers as a starting point for FY20. Items from the proposed…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “The Fiscal Year 2020 HHS Budget” Tuesday, March 12, 2019: The Health Subcommittee held a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar on President Trump’s budget request related to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Secretary…
FY20 Budget Proposal On Monday, the White House rolled out the President’s $4.7 trillion FY20 budget proposal, which includes $8.6 billion for a border wall and increases defense spending by $750 billion, or 5%. It also proposes a 9% cut to all non-defense programs, including a $845 billion cut to Medicare. Over the coming weeks, Cabinet secretaries and agency heads will testify in support of the request before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access” Wednesday, March 6, 2019: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on lowering consumer costs and expanding access to health care. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Using testimonies from the states of Massachusetts and California as prime examples, the Health…
Election Reform Bill and Judicial Nominations The House and Senate were both in session this week with the House focused on H.R. 1, Democrats’ election reform bill. The Senate spent the week processing several judicial nominations. Key Personnel Announcements The Administration made several key personnel announcement this week, including that the President will nominate Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management. On Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb unexpectedly…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Confronting a Growing Public Health Threat: Measles Outbreaks in the U.S.” Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019: The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held hearing on the current measles outbreak and response efforts. This hearing focused on the need to combat information that discourages individuals from vaccinating their children. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Since…
House Passes Resolution of Disapproval to Block President’s Emergency Declaration The House and Senate were both in session this week. On Tuesday, the House passed a resolution of disapproval to block the President’s emergency declaration to redirect funds to build a southern border wall. The measure passed 245-182 with support from 13 Republicans and appears on track to pass the Republican-controlled Senate as well, where Senators Collins (R-ME) and Udall (D-NM) will introduce a bipartisan…
Grassley, Wyden Investigate Rising Insulin Prices On Feb. 22, Senate Finance committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) launched a probe on the rising cost of insulin, requesting information from drug manufacturers Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi on recent price increases of up to 500 percent. The letters were sent ahead of a Senate Finance committee hearing on Feb. 26, with seven drug company executives testifying on drug pricing. The…