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House Judiciary Committee: “TBA Markup on CREATES Act, Pay-for-Delay Legislation”
The House Judiciary Committee is planning a markup on the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay legislation. The date of the markup is to be announced. Last month, Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he intended to introduce a bill to prohibit deals in which

Congressional Delegations Travel to Argentina, Brazil and U.K.

The House and Senate are in a two-week recess, set to return to Washington the week of April 29. In the meantime, a congressional delegation visited Argentina and Brazil this week for bilateral discussions on issues of mutual interest. House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA), House Armed Services

Federal Updates

  • Secretary DeVos testified before the House Education and Labor Committee and answered questions on the president’s FY20 budget request, arming teachers, school choice, and other issues.
  • The House Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee plans to mark up the Department of Education’s FY20 spending bill on April 30 with a tentative full committee markup scheduled for May


Senate Finance Committee: “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part III”
Tuesday, April 9, 2019: The Senate Finance Committee continued its drug pricing series by inviting pharmacy benefit manager companies (PBMs) to testify before the committee. The invitation was extended on March 12 to Cigna, CVS Caremark and CVS Health, Humana, OptumRx

Department Shake-ups

Following his decision to rescind Ronald Vitiello’s nomination to serve as Director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the President announced on Sunday evening that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen would resign and that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would step in as Acting Secretary. Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’

FY20 Budget Request Support Continues

Next week, Cabinet secretaries and agency heads will continue to appear before the Appropriations and authorizing committees to support the President’s FY20 budget request.

Drug Pricing

Congress will also continue to examine drug pricing; on Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold the third in a series of hearings, this

Disaster Aid

A $13.5 billion disaster supplemental continued to stall in the Senate this week as Democrats press for more funds for Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery efforts, failing twice to attract the 60 votes needed to move forward.

House Judiciary Authorizes Subpoena

On the other side of the Capitol, the House Judiciary Committee voted along