Power Play: Washington Week in Review

Power Play: Washington Week in Review March 6

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Power PlayWeek in Brief

House Republicans Release Legislation To Repeal And Replace The ACA.

President Donald Trump Gives First Joint Address To Congress, Including Outline Of Major Tenets Of ACA Repeal And Replace Plan.


February 28

White House Publishes Press Release Entitled “President Trump Is Confronting Our Nation’s Broken Healthcare System.”


February 21

Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Gene Green (D-TX), and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) Send Letter To Colleagues Regarding Importance of Vaccines, With Emphasis On Infant And Child Health.

House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) Holds Hearing Addressing Recent GAO Report’s Findings Suggesting “Lack of Oversight and Internal Controls for Prescription Opioids And Employee Accountability Put VA Medical Centers At Risk For Drug Diversion.”

February 23

House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans Publish Press Release Entitled “Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: A Resounding Failure.”

February 24

Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), And Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) Issue Statements Regarding Leaked Copy of House Republican’s Healthcare Proposal.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) And Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), And Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) Send Letter To Office Of National Drug Control Policy Soliciting Answers Regarding Federal Response To Fentanyl Epidemic.

February 27

Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), And House Budget Committee Ranking Member John Yarmuth (D-KY) Release Statements Regarding President Donald Trump’s 2018 Budget Outline.

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) And Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Ann Kuster (D-NH) Release Statements Regarding Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Hearing Regarding VA Oversight Of Controlled Substances And Drug Free Workplace Program In VA Medical Facilities.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-MN), And Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD) And Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) Hold Press Conference To Unveil New Drug Importation Bill.

February 28

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Bob Casey (D-PN) Introduce Legislation, S.469, Aimed At Lowering Cost Of Prescription Drugs By Allowing For Drug Importation From Canada. Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) And Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) Introduce House Companion Bill, H.R.1245.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Delivers Remarks at House Judiciary Committee’s Markup Regarding The Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215) And Issues Follow-Up Statement Regarding Committee Approval of Act By A 18-17 Vote. Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) Delivers Remarks During Markup Of Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 372).

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA),  House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Senate HELP Committee Chairmen Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Issue Statements Regarding President Donald Trump’s First Address To Joint Session Of Congress, Including Health Care Reform Proposal.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester Publishes Opening Statement From Joint Hearing Of Senate And House Veterans’ Affairs Committees Regarding Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Legislative Priorities.  

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) Makes Statements On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Bloomberg’s “Daybreak: Americas” Regarding House Republicans’ Commitment To Repeal ACA And Replace With “Patient-Centered Care” That Builds a Sustainable Budget.

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Opposes Searching For And Cutting Regulations That Are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2017 (H.R. 998) On House Floor.

March 1

Senate Finance Committee Holds Open Executive Session To “Consider Favorably Reporting the Nomination of Seema Verma to be Administrator of CMS.” Final Committee Confirmation Vote Postponed One Day.

March 2

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Releases Statement Regarding Committee’s Advancement Of Seema Verma’s Nomination To Serve As CMS Administrator.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats Send Letter to Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) Insisting ACA Repeal Bill Text Be Posted For Public View A Minimum Of 30 Days Before Committee Markup.

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing Entitled “Examining FDA’s Generic Drug and Biosimilar User Fee Programs.” Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) Releases Statement and Witness Testimony. Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Submits Remarks For Record Regarding Importance Of Congress Acting On Rise Of Prescription Drug Prices.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) Issues Statement Regarding Majority Committee Member’s Process For Drafting Bill To Repeal and Replace ACA.

House Energy & Commerce Ranking Committee Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) Issue District-By-District Staff Report Summarizing ACA Progress And Potential Negative Outcomes Of Repeal.


Department of Health and Human Services

February 28

HHS Publishes Secretary Price’s Statement Regarding President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress.

March 3

HRSA Delays the Effective Date of the Final Rule “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.”


February 27

GAO Publishes Reports,


Congressional Hearings/Markups


House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Shaping the Future: Consolidating and Improving VA Community Care
• March 7 | 7:30 p.m.
334 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Hearing
Saving Lives Through Medical Research
• March 8 | 10:30 a.m
138 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002

For more information about this issue of Power Play: Washington Week in Review or more legislative and regulatory updates, contact the Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Government Relations and Public Policy group at (202) 466-6550.

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