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Earmarks are continuing to make a return to Congress after a moratorium lasting a decade. Following the House’s announcement that the committee will accept Member requests for Community Project Funding in appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2022), the Senate followed suit. On April 26, 2021, the chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations

This week in Washington: CMS Administrator confirmed, President releases budget.

Brooks-LaSure Confirmed as CMS Administrator
On May 25, the Senate voted 55-44 to confirm Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator. Brooks-LaSure’s nomination process had been delayed after Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed his opposition to CMS’s decision last month

In This Issue: Biden administration releases FY22 budget proposal, Senate follows House with return of earmarks, Department of Education higher education regulatory agenda, Title IX rule hearing, state legislatures update and McGuireWoods welcomes Farnaz Thompson.

Biden Administration Releases FY22 Budget Proposal

On Friday, May 28, 2021, President Biden released his FY2022 budget. The President’s budget

This week in Washington: Talks continue on infrastructure, Senate committees moving forward on health legislation, President’s budget due the end of the week.


Following Hearing, Democratic Committee Chairs Ask for FTC Investigation into AbbVie’s Pricing Practices
On May 18, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler,

This week in Washington: HHS and CMS nominations move forward.


Representatives Ask HHS Secretary Becerra to Extend Deadline to Spend COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds
In a May 11 letter, 77 representatives sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra stating their concern that existing program requirements limit providers

Clayton Cox, former national finance director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), will join McGuireWoods Consulting’s federal public affairs team as a vice president in May. Well known in the Democratic party for his pivotal roles in the last three presidential campaigns, Cox brings unparalleled insight into the priorities of President Biden’s Administration, as well

This week in Washington: Andrea Palm’s nomination for HHS Deputy Secretary Advances out of Senate Finance Committee, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination deadlocked.


House Republicans Introduce Drug Pricing Legislation

On April 21, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Lower Costs, More Cures Act (H.R. 19), which aims to