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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

Trump Declares National Emergency

Last Friday, the President signed an omnibus spending bill that funds the federal departments and agencies subject to last month’s partial government shutdown through the end of fiscal year 2019, averting another shutdown. The bill included nearly $1.4 billion for physical barriers along the southern border, less than the $5.7 billion

Rep. Bobby Scott Discusses Priorities of House Education and Labor Committee at MWC Event

McGuireWoods Consulting’s National Education team recently hosted an event with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) in Washington, D.C. Having recently assumed his role as Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Scott discussed the committee’s priorities for the 116th Congress. 

Funding the Government

On Monday evening, congressional negotiators announced a deal in principle on border security to avert a government shutdown at midnight tomorrow, provided it passes both chambers and the President agrees to sign it into law. The agreement provides $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barriers on the southern border, well below

House Hearings

House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health: Texas v. United States: The Republican Lawsuit and Its Impacts on Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

On Feb. 6, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on health held a hearing on how a federal judge’s ruling in Texas could affect protections of

State of the Union

Congress convened a joint session on Tuesday evening for the President to deliver his State of the Union address, themed “choosing greatness.” The President focused on five policy areas: immigration, trade, infrastructure, healthcare, and national security. Of note, Trump called on Congress to pass legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug prices

House Hearings

Oversight and Reform Committee: Examining the Actions of Drug Companies in Raising Prescription Drug Prices
On Jan. 29, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing to determine business practices of pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as possible explanations for and solutions to rising drug prices. Find a link to witness testimonies,

The House convenes Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2pm.

On the floor this week in the House

Items that may be considered under suspension of the rules:

H.R. 876          Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2019

H.R. 866          Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019

H.R. 543          To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide

Government Reopens

Last Friday, the President announced that he would sign a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government through February 15 while a bicameral, bipartisan committee negotiates a homeland security spending package. The House and Senate both passed the bill shortly following the President’s announcement and federal employees returned to work this week. The